International Anti-McDonalds Day

(will@byteback.dircon.co.uk)
Mon, 30 Oct 95 16:37:53 CET


WORLDWIDE DAY OF ACTION AGAINST McDONALD'S 16th October, 1995

October 16th 1995 was the 11th annual Worldwide Day of Action
Against McDonald's (also UN 'World Food Day'). Many people around
the world handed out the "What's Wrong With McDonald's" or similar
leaflets, or protested against McDonald's in some other way on or
around that day.

UK - HALF OF McDONALD'S UK STORES LEAFLETTED

There was leafletting and protests outside of approx. half of the
600 McDonald's UK stores. In addition to leafletting the public
with "What's Wrong With McDonald's" leaflets, at many stores
McDonald's workers were handed special leaflets expressing
opposition to low pay and exploitation, and offering solidarity
and encouragement to organise for their rights. 1.5 million
"What's Wrong With McDonald's" leaflets have so far been handed
out on the streets in the UK since the writs were served on the
Mclibel Two. McDonald's attempt to suppress freedom of speech has
completely backfired.

McDonald's European Headquarters, London - This was recently the
scene of a residents' victory: McDonald's failed in their attempt
to obtain planning permission for an outlet at the HQ following
fierce local opposition to their plans. At the demonstration on
16th, the 30 protesters included a person dressed in a 'litter
suit' made from discarded items of McDonald's packaging, and a
person dressed as a McDonald's worker, who was chained to a large
mock-up burger, symbolising McDonald's exploitation of workers.
Bags full of McDonald's litter were returned to the company to
highlight the problems of waste, pollution and litter caused by
the company's excessive packaging.

Greater Manchester - 20 to 25 of the 30 stores in Greater
Manchester were leafletted. Some people cycled from one store to
another, and in Bolton an effigy of Ronald McDonald was hanged.

West Midlands - at least 15 of the 30 stores in the Black Country
were leafletted over 3 days. In Wolverhampton town centre, people
flocked to a stall where activists were giving out free veggie
burgers, each one wrapped in a "What's Wrong With McDonald's"
leaflet.

Greater London - approx. 75 of the 150 stores were leafletted.

Scotland - there were pickets in Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh (a 40
strong demonstration), and Stirling.

USA & CANADA

There were several protests that we know of across North America:
in Chicago, State College (Pennsylvannia), Montreal, Denver and
Boulder (Colorado), Huntington Beach (California), Guelph
(Ontario), Ashedille (North Carolina) and Keaau (Hawaii)

Rock 'N' Roll McDonald's, Chicago - the demonstrators were
demanding that the life-size statues of the Beatles in this outlet
be removed on the grounds that Paul & Linda McCartney have donated
money to the McLibel Campaign, and that both Paul McCartney and
George Harrison are vegetarians.

Guelph, Ontario - trade unionists, environmentalists and animal
rights activists (including ex-McDonald's workers) distributed
anti-McD flyers, information for the workers, and info on
vegetarianism for 3 hours outside a store. The protesters lowered
the Canadian and McDonald's flags to half-mast to mark the third
anniversary of the death of Mark Hopkins and in memory of the
millions of animals slaughtered by the fast food giant every
year.

AOTEAROA (NEW ZEALAND) Dunedin - 12 protesters made their
presence felt at the Dunedin store, and found support from
McDonald's customers and staff. They passed out leaflets critical
of McDonald's global operations and called attention to the impact
of its operations in Dunedin, soon to be expanded with two new
outlets.

There were also protests in Auckland.

NORWAY Oslo - 15 people demonstrated on 14th outside McDonald's
and handed out 4,000 leaflets.

Trondheim - On the opening day of the second store in Trondheim
(October 10th), 17 activists blocked the drive-thru with a big
banners saying "Boycott McDonald's" and "McDollars". On 14th
October, a demo was held at Trondheim's other store. A person
dressed as Ronald McDonald with a big "McProfit" poster on his
back. He handed balloons painted with "McMurder", "McDollars",
"Boycott McDonald's" etc. to children, and flyers with information
about McDonald's to passersby. There was also a protest in
Bergen.

FRANCE Champs Elysees, Paris - 16 people picketted the Champs
Elysees McDonald's for 3 hours on 13th Oct with banners
highlighting the links between meat eating and starvation in the
third world, and the company's exploitation of workers. The
managers were so incensed that they called the Chief Executive of
McDonald's France and threatened to sue the protesters! They
handed out over 1,000 leaflets. McDonald's are now planning to
erect fences around the store!

IRELAND Dublin - 7,000 leaflets were handed out by activists
wearing "McGarbage" T-shirts outside the two main stores in the
city centre on 16th. Local radio stations broadcast details of
the demonstration throughout the day.

AUSTRALIA There were benefit concerts and protests in various
cities, including Sydney and Brisbane.

Other demonstrations that we know of occurred in:

Italy (Turin), Brazil (Sao Paulo), Portugal (Lisbon, Oporto,
Aveiro), Germany (Stuttgart, Munich), Netherlands (8 actions in
Amsterdam, Njmegan, Utrecht, Omlow), Greece (Athens), Belgium,
Denmark (Copenhagen), Spain (Madrid, Malaga, Valencia), Finland,
and various countries in Eastern Europe.

If you know of any further protests against McDonald's in October
(or at any other time), we would be grateful if you could let us
know about them.

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