Climate protests damage Barclays London HQ, seven arrested

by Reuters
Wednesday, 7 April 2021 07:55 GMT

An activist from Extinction Rebellion, a global environmental movement, damages a window during a direct action at Barclays offices in Canary Wharf, London, Britain, April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Toby Melville

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Extinction Rebellion accuses bank of 'continued investments in activities that are directly contributing to the climate and ecological emergency'

* Barclays HQ windows broken in Canary Wharf

* Extinction Rebellion says the bank is stoking climate change

* Police arrest seven activists 

By Guy Faulconbridge

LONDON, April 7 (Reuters) - Police arrested seven people outside the London headquarters of Barclays on Wednesday after climate change activists broke windows to protest the role of the financial sector in climate change.

The activists from the Extinction Rebellion group used hammers to break the windows and then pasted the message "In Case of Climate Emergency Break Glass" on the front of the bank's building.

The group said the action was part of its "Money Rebellion" against the capitalist system which 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".

Barclays could not be reached for immediate comment.

The group's move against Barclays in the Canary Wharf business district came after activists last week splashed black dye on the facade of the Bank of England in the historical financial centre, the City of London.

"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.

(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, writing by Estelle Shirbon; editing by Kate Holton and Jason Neely)

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