UMG Protest Draws Five People

Only five people showed up for a demonstration outside Universal Music Group's New

York offices Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 10) protesting roster cuts and staff layoffs at the

world's biggest record company. The action was staged by the Music Militia, the group

that took credit for infiltrating last year's Grammy Awards with a topless dancer who

had the words "Soy Bomb" painted on his chest. Group leader Tom Martin shouted such

slogans as "free the music" through a bullhorn while other protesters banged on cymbals

and buckets. A 30-year-old Universal employee, who declined to be named but said she

was about to be laid off, called the protest "too late" but added, "I don't think it's ever

pointless for people to express themselves." Universal spokesperson Bob Bernstein

declined comment.