Demonstrators stormed the ScottishPower headquarters in central Glasgow to protest rising vitality costs.

Members of the Scottish Resistance and others gathered outdoors Glasgow Central Station this morning earlier than marching to the St. Vincent Road constructing.

Carrying indicators studying “Surprising electrical energy payments are rising, tax them at 50%, they have to be stopped” and “Tory is decrease than vermin”, the protesters then entered the reception space and demanded to see the agency’s chief government.

Social justice activist Sean Clerkin, who organized the protest, additionally urged folks to assist the “Do not Pay” marketing campaign, which asks payers to cancel their electrical energy payments to protest skyrocketing costs.

The activists left the premises after about 10 minutes, no arrests have been made.

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Talking earlier than the protest, Mr Clerkin of the Scottish Tenants’ Group mentioned: “We’re gathered right here right now on behalf of our tenants and low revenue folks.

“We are saying that top vitality costs are outrageous and it’s a daylight theft by vitality suppliers, fuel and oil firms.

“We demand that there be one other contingency tax and that they redistribute the cash to create a social tariff for the sick, the disabled and the aged, and the low-income, in any other case folks will die or starve to loss of life.”

He added: “The value of our electrical energy needs to be decoupled from the spot fuel/oil worth and as a substitute we should always have what we name an ordinary tariff, and the usual tariff averages the very best worth to the bottom.

“On the finish of the day, I might like our vitality to be nationalized in the long term in order that we by no means get into this case once more.”

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James Scott, founding father of the Scottish resistance who took half within the demonstration, mentioned: “It received to the purpose the place issues actually received out of hand.

“Now we have the bottom pension in Europe, however we’ve the very best electrical energy payments and they’ll rise once more in October and January. That is stunning.

“A few of our retirees will be unable to afford these payments, they must select between meals and heating at dwelling, and I feel that is an absolute disgrace.

“It is time to get lively. We should do the whole lot we are able to to assist retirees and susceptible folks.

“That is the primary of many protests. It will likely be a steady protest till we carry to the eye of the those that they have to get up for his or her rights.”

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Don Walker, who traveled from Kilmarnock to participate within the protest, mentioned: “My energy firm requested me to arrange a direct debit of £429 and subsequent month I will be on pension which is £780 in order that’s greater than half my cash needed for direct debit.

“I hope there will probably be some publicity right now so that individuals perceive that there’s a mass of opinion from numerous sources, from Martin Lewis to MPs, that the scenario is a catastrophe.”

A spokesman for ScottishPower mentioned: “We’re totally conscious of the influence the price of residing disaster is having on folks throughout the UK, not simply on vitality payments however on the economic system as a complete.

“This concern is greater than only one trade and so we’re actively participating with the federal government about what else will be accomplished to assist folks, particularly probably the most susceptible this winter.

“Any clients experiencing difficulties ought to contact us. We’re right here to assist with our devoted crew, specifically educated in Charity Step Change Debt Counseling, to assist delicately handle particular person consumer conditions and entry a large assist community.”

A Scottish police spokesman mentioned: “There have been no arrests.

“The protest was peaceable and the demonstrators left on the request of the police.”

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