Seven people were detained yesterday outside Barclays PLC’s London headquarters after environmentalists smashed windows to protest the financial sector’s involvement in climate change.
Extinction Rebellion protestors smashed the windows with hammers and then pasted the sign “In Case of Climate Emergency, Crack Glass” on the front of the bank’s house.
The group said the action was part of its “Money Rebellion” against the capitalist system that used “nonviolent direct action, causing damage to property to prevent and draw attention to greater damage.”
It accused the bank of “continued investments in activities that are directly contributing to the climate and ecological emergency.”
“We have made a commitment to align our entire financing portfolio to the goals of the Paris Agreement, with specific targets and transparent reporting, on the way to achieving our ambition to be a net zero bank by 2050, and help accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy,” a spokesman for Barclays said.
Protesters splashed black dye on the Bank of England’s facade in the City last week, prompting the group’s drive against Barclays in the Canary Wharf business district.
“You may dislike our action today, but I ask you to compare a crack in a window to funding wildfires and flooded homes,” said Sophie Cowen, a 30-year-old campaigner from London.
“We took action today because someone needs to raise the alarm, because broken windows are better than broken futures,” she said.
Source: Taipei Times