© Reuters. Extinction Rebellion activists protest outside the Barclays building in London
By Guy Faulconbridge
LONDON (Reuters) – Climate change activists broke windows at the London headquarters of London Barclays (LON 🙂 On Wednesday, the latest protest aimed to highlight the role of the financial sector in combating the so-called climate catastrophe.
The seven activists of the Extinction Rebellion group broke the windows with hammers and then taped the message “In the event of a climate emergency” on the front of the bank building.
Extinction Rebellion said the action was part of their so-called “money rebellion” against the capitalist system which “used nonviolent direct action that caused property damage in order to prevent and draw attention to greater harm”.
“It is the latest protest against the bank’s continued investment in activities that directly contribute to the climate and environmental emergency,” the group said.
Barclays could not be reached for immediate comment.
The group’s move against Barclays in the Canary Wharf business district came after other activists sprayed black dye on the facade of the Bank of England in the historic financial center of the City of London last week.
Extinction Rebellion seeks to spark a broader revolt against the political, economic and social structures of the modern world in order to avert the worst scenarios of devastation outlined by scientists studying climate change.
“You may not like our action today, but I ask you to compare a crack in a window with funding forest fires and flooded houses,” said Sophie Cowen, a 30-year-old activist from London. “We took action today because someone needs to sound the alarm, because broken windows are better than broken futures.”
One of the pink hammers the activists used carried the slogan: “Care – act with love.”
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