Anti-austerity campaigners have put up a series of posters near V&A Dundee in an apparent protest at the money spent on the new museum.
Dundee Against Austerity and Unite the Community Tayside plastered the posters to hoardings near Slessor Gardens, just yards from the £80 million attraction and across the road from the new £38m railway station building.
Under the banner “Evening Reporter – Dundee Hot and Bothered”, the posters carry a number of headlines including “Dundee pays for poverty”, “Dundee homeless find shelter” and “Dundee drug problem wrecked”.
Many locals took to social media to express their bemusement at the posters.
It follows a protest on the day the V&A opened in which campaigners claimed the museum wouldn’t address a series of social issues in the city.
City centre councillor Lynne Short, convener of city development, said: “The posters were lost on me, it was almost too subtle. I didn’t know if it was aimed at society as a whole or the media.
“I haven’t seen the posters physically but was aware of them on social media.
“It is their right to express themselves. It is important to say there is no city in the world that doesn’t have social economic problems and public money can’t do everything to tackle these issues in society.”
A Facebook post from Dundee Against Austerity highlighted its involvement in putting the posters up.
The group was behind the protest on the V&A’s opening day on September 15, holding a banner outside the railway station which read: “The V&A and the hospitality sector in Dundee will not reduce poverty and social exclusion in our city. Only political chance and working class unity will.”
A spokesman for Dundee Against Austerity and Unite the Community Tayside outlined their position on the museum at the time, saying: “Economics based on bars, restaurants, cafes, museums and visitor attractions are firmly based on low wages in Dundee and across the globe.
“The meeting agreed to approach Dundee’s Fairness Commission to ask it to conduct a forensic analysis of where the money goes when the V&A museum opens. It is not anticipated that wages and secure employment would suddenly be booming and this directly attacks the SNP council’s arguments for this form of economy.
“Banners will draw attention to the shocking levels of child poverty, food bank usage, benefit problems, low wages and drug deaths in the city. Anticipating attempts to restrict and limit our rights to so demonstrate, the banners will be raised in areas of the city associated with poverty in the build-up to opening.”
Michael MacGregor, from Unite the Community, became embroiled in a row with council leader John Alexander who said the campaigners failed to see the wider context of the investment in the city.
Dundee Against Austerity did not respond to requests for comment on the posters.