LONDON (Reuters) -Police arrested seven folks outdoors the London headquarters of Barclays on Wednesday after local weather change activists broke home windows to protest the position of the monetary sector in local weather change.
The activists from the Extinction Rise up group used hammers to interrupt the home windows after which pasted the message “In Case of Local weather Emergency Break Glass” on the entrance of the financial institution’s constructing.
The group stated the motion was a part of its “Cash Rise up” in opposition to the capitalist system which used “nonviolent direct motion, inflicting harm to property to forestall and draw consideration to better harm”.
It accused the financial institution of “continued investments in actions which might be immediately contributing to the local weather and ecological emergency”.
“Extinction Rise up are entitled to their view on capitalism and local weather change, however we’d ask that in expressing that view they cease in need of behaviour which entails felony harm to our amenities and places folks’s security in danger,” a spokesman for Barclays stated.
“We have now made a dedication to align our total financing portfolio to the targets of the Paris Settlement, with particular targets and clear reporting, on the way in which to reaching our ambition to be a web zero financial institution by 2050, and assist speed up the transition to a low-carbon economic system.”
Extinction Rise up desires to set off a wider revolt in opposition to the political, financial and social buildings of the fashionable world to avert the worst situations of devastation outlined by scientists finding out local weather change.
The group’s transfer in opposition to Barclays within the Canary Wharf enterprise district got here after activists final week splashed black dye on the facade of the Financial institution of England within the historic monetary centre, the Metropolis of London.
“Chances are you’ll dislike our motion right this moment however I ask you to match a crack in a window to funding wildfires and flooded houses,” stated Sophie Cowen, a 30-year-old campaigner from London.