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Press watch: Tax conference protest

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As Tax Journal reported on Monday, for a second time protestors have targeted Dave Hartnett during a tax conference speech and posted a video of their action on YouTube. The latest incident was reported in several newspapers including the Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, The Independent, Metro and the Belfast Telegraph. The YouTube video has been viewed more than 90,000 times:

Protest group plan to crash black tie events across the City after video of them giving HMRC boss a 'corporate tax dodge' award becomes internet hit

‘A band of well-spoken protestors, known as The Intruders, are planning to disrupt black tie events across the City after gate-crashing a private dinner to present an award to outgoing HMRC boss Dave Hartnett for his services to corporate tax avoidance.’

Daily Mail, 24 September 2012

HMRC's former boss honoured ... for services to tax avoidance

‘In the opening move of what could become a new direct action anti-corporate campaign, eight protesters, including two former Oxford students, snuck inside a lavish dinner at a corporate tax planning conference …’

The Independent, 25 September 2012

Ex-HMRC head targeted over tax ‘deals’

‘An after-dinner speech by Dave Hartnett, former head of HMRC, has been been gat-ecrashed by campaigners criticising tax agreements he reached with companies including Vodafone and Goldman Sachs. Protesters wearing black tie dress pretended to be representatives of the companies, but then tried to present Mr Harnett with a fake “golden handshake” award for the tax deals at the event in New College, Oxford University. A video of the protest appeared on YouTube on Monday, showing an irate attendee threatening to “set the dogs” on the protest group, which calls itself WeAreTheIntruders.’

Financial Times, 24 September 2012

Former HMRC head Dave Hartnett awarded by protesters

‘Tom Clark, one of the group that made the video, said: "We spotted that Hartnett was the after dinner speaker at this conference and couldn't believe our eyes. We wanted to expose this sort of establishment backslapping. The video is hopefully funny, but also we hope it's a peek into a world that most people don't know exists.”

‘…Moments later one of the diners interjects and demands: "You will depart immediately, before we set the dogs on you."’

Daily Telegraph, 24 September 2012