By Guy Faulconbridge
LONDON (Reuters) police arrested seven people outside the London headquarters of Barclays (LON 🙂 on Wednesday after climate change activists broke windows to protest the financial sector’s role in climate change.
Activists from the Extinction Rebellion group broke the windows with hammers, then taped the message “In the event of a climate emergency” on the front of the bank building.
The group said the action was part of their “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”.
She accused the bank of “continuing to invest in activities that directly contribute 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 sprayed black dye on the facade of the Bank of England in the historic City of London financial center last week.
“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.
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