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Topshop Oxford Circus protests a wash out

Protests at Topshop Oxford Circus last night were as damp as the rain pounding London as a just a handful of campaigners gathered to wave banners outside the landmark store.
High street retailers across the country were bracing themselves yesterday for demonstrations about factory worker exploitation. Protests were planned to be held in up to 14 cities and Topshop, Oxford Circus had beefed up security to protect its store.

However only around 10 campaigners from student campaign group People and Planet turned up to the Oxford Circus demonstration which kicked of at 6pm last night. They peacefully handed out flyers and chanted slogans including "Don’t be mean Mr Green" during the hour long protest.

The group claimed not to be trying to deter people from shopping, and said its aim was to raise awareness about the need for unionised workers and the right of workers to earn a living wage.

The demonstrations came 12 months after pressure group War on Want issued its Fashion Victims report alleging the likes of Primark, Tesco and Asda were exploiting workers. The report sparked a furore of similar reports and front page headlines about manufacturing practices in the fashion industry.

Sir Philip Green has consistently denied all the allegations about Topshop.

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