Apple Attends Court With French Tax Activists Who Liken It To ‘Star Wars’ Empire
By Mikelle Leow, 13 Feb 2018
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background images via Attac Franc
On Monday, Apple went to court with Parisian tax activist group Attac, requesting for the latter to be fully banned from carrying out more demonstrations in its French stores.
The Guardian reported that following the company’s filing, Attac—who claimed Apple participated in a “wide-scale tax evasion”—took things to galactic extremes, and cosplayed as ‘The Empire’ from Star Wars as its troops stormed to the front of the court.
Apple France accused Attac of “vandalizing shops and endangering the security of staff and customers,” and maintained that it has “a long tradition of supporting individuals and groups that peacefully express their opinions.” It also asked the court to fine the demonstrators €150,000 (US$185,000) and €3,000 (US$3,700) should they break the ban.
Attac rebutted the vandalism claims, insisting that it only visited Apple stores “in a festive and good-natured way.”
Retelling an incident, The Guardian wrote that 100 Attac volunteers had appeared at Apple’s Paris store at Place de l’Opera during the Christmas shopping period last year.
“Some danced the conga, others unfurled a huge banner saying ‘We’ll stop when Apple [pays]’ and some brandished huge cardboard checks in reference to the European commission ruling in August 2016 that the iPhone maker must reimburse the Irish state a record €13 billion (US$16 billion) to make up for what it considers to be unpaid taxes over a number of years.”
Attac’s lawyer described that Apple’s “demands are totally out of proportion to the principle of freedom of expression and freedom of expression and guaranteed by French law and the European convention on human rights.”
The French court will announce its decision on 23 February 2018.
#AppleContreAttac : les multinationales ne nous feront pas taire !— Attac France (@attac_fr) February 12, 2018
Rendez-vous aujourd'hui à 12h15 devant le TGI de #Paris pour soutenir @attac_fr face à @Apple.
Tou.te.s ensemble pour la #JusticeFiscale pic.twitter.com/LHtzCWwLZJ
#TaxHavens the dark side of the @Apple— Attac France (@attac_fr) February 8, 2018
When governements have given up, only one solution remains
Grass-roots actions for #TaxJustice#Apple has to pay its taxes#ApplePayYourTaxes #AppleContreAttac pic.twitter.com/CWNkSMrA8o
#AppleContreAttac @Apple the empire of #TaxAvoidance— Attac France (@attac_fr) February 8, 2018
While #Apple has been hit with a number of lawsuits recently, the company has filed one of its own against @attac_fr (French activist group).
Meet us the 12th February at 12:15am - TGI #Paris pic.twitter.com/VmwnJ8t7Y9
Les centaines de https://t.co/cSLGdVlJWh.s, responsables associatifs, politiques et syndicaux, présents lors du rassemblement, ont participé a une spectaculaire action visuelle appelant à la création d'une large "alliance pour la justice fiscale " #AppleContreAttac pic.twitter.com/ZR9fISmqVx— Attac France (@attac_fr) February 12, 2018
Un militant CGT Apple au sujet de l'action au AppleStore Opéra : "une fanfare et une prise de parole n'ont jamais fait de mal à personne". Il exprime son "soutien total à Attac" @attac_fr #AppleContreAttac pic.twitter.com/GKhTN306Ry— Attac France (@attac_fr) February 12, 2018
"Tous ensemble, mettre fin aux privilèges et à l'impunité des fraudeurs !" par Susan George, présidente d'honneur d'Attac France.https://t.co/cQrPS9iUbB#AppleContreAttac via @mediapart pic.twitter.com/v25c48SMv2— Attac France (@attac_fr) February 12, 2018
Pendant des mois @attac_fr a pointé du doigt les agissements frauduleux d'@apple en terme de fraude et d'#EvasionFiscale. Aujourd'hui l'association est attaquée par la plus grande multinationale du monde. Venez nous soutenir dès 12h15 au TGI de Paris. #AppleContreAttac pic.twitter.com/O3wo786LJD— Attac France (@attac_fr) February 12, 2018
[via MacRumors, images via Attac Franc]
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