CAMPAIGNS have burned their gas and electricity bills in protest at rising energy costs.
More than a hundred people gathered at the clock tower in North Street, Brighton, to protest the Don’t Pay campaign, which is calling for a nationwide electricity bill strike.
Protesters carried banners reading “I can’t afford to live” and “Freeze profits, not people” as a series of speakers addressed the crowd.
An activist criticized the government’s recent actions, saying: “I have never seen such an attack on the working class, the poor and the dispossessed in my life.
“This government that we have now is one of the most right-wing governments that we have ever had.
“We are in danger and they are coming for us. However, if there are a million of us, we will win.”
People have thrown a number of electricity and gas bills on fire in protest at the increase in energy price caps that came into effect today.
Average household energy bills will rise from £1,971 to £2,500 as part of the increase, raising the maximum price that can be charged for each unit of gas and electricity.
The protest was part of a “day of action” by the campaign group, which saw more than 20 cities across the country take part in demonstrations against rising energy bills.
A Don’t Pay spokesman said: “Millions of us will simply not be able to keep our heads above water and many will be freezing when the weather turns cold.
“That’s an unacceptable reality when energy companies like Shell and BP are expected to make over £170 billion in excess profit over the next two years.”
The campaign aims to rally the support of a million people to take part in a nationwide energy bill strike.
However, the government has slammed the campaign as “highly irresponsible”, saying that failure to pay bills “would ultimately just inflate prices for everyone else and hurt personal creditworthiness”.
The protest was followed by a march through the city by the Enough is Enough campaign calling for real wage increases, cuts in energy bills and higher taxes for the wealthy.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23007532.activists-burn-energy-bills-brighton-dont-pay-protest/?ref=rss Activists burn energy bills at the Brighton Don’t Pay protest