Seven Climate Change Protestors Arrested For Smashing Windows At Barclays’ London Headquarters
Seven climate protestors were arrested on Wednesday after breaking windows at Barclays to protest “the role of the financial world in climate change”. Whatever that means…
Regardless, the group called “Extinction Rebellion” used hammers to break the glass at Barclays before posting a message that said “In Case of Climate Emergency Break Glass” on the front of the building.
According to Reuters, the group said the demonstration was part of their “Money Rebellion” against the capitalist system (which has exactly what to do with climate change?). The group claimed they used “nonviolent direct action, causing damage to property to prevent and draw attention to greater damage”.
They claimed Barclays was involved in “continued investments in activities that are directly contributing to the climate and ecological emergency”.
Barclays fired back: “Extinction Rebellion are entitled to their view on capitalism and climate change, but we would ask that in expressing that view they stop short of behavior which involves criminal damage to our facilities and puts people’s safety at risk.”
The bank continued: “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.”
Last week, activists also splashed black dye on the Bank of England in similar climate change focused protests.
Meanwhile, the geniuses over at “Extinction Rebellion” have said they want to “trigger a wider revolt against the political, economic and social structures of the modern world to avert the worst scenarios of devastation outlined by scientists studying climate change.”
“You may dislike our action today but I ask you to compare a crack in a window to funding wildfires and flooded homes,” one protestor said.
To which we say, good luck with that.