Calls for David Cameron’s Resignation Escalate in Panama Papers Fallout
Massive protest planned for Saturday as lawmakers demand prime minister step down over offshore finances
British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing increasing calls to resign in the wake of revelations that he had profited from offshore tax havens and personally intervened to prevent a crackdown on tax evasion in the United Kingdom.
Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower who in 2013 exposed the U.S. government’s mass surveillance operations against citizens and foreign allies, said Thursday on Twitter that the “next 24 hours could change Britain.”
Snowden made reference to Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s near-instantaneous leave of absence from office after the massive Panama Papers leak over the weekend revealed he, too, had a personal investment in an offshore bank account.
“In Iceland, 10% of all voters were in the streets within 24 hours, and for less,” Snowden wrote, also noting the #resigncameron hashtag trending on British social media.
Meanwhile, a large-scale protest is scheduled to take place outside 10 Downing Street on Saturday morning. A Facebook event page for the protest reads, “Does the Prime Minister think we’re stupid?”
“He preaches about ‘tough decisions’ whilst cutting funding for disability benefits, social care and other essential services….If the government bothered to make rich people pay tax we could afford to look after everyone,” the organizers wrote.
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