London Mayoral candidate Valerie Brown was amongst these arrested for smashing the home windows of HSBC headquarters at Canary Wharf as a part of an Extinction Rebellion protest this morning.
The Burning Pink candidate was one in every of 9 girls who had been arrested and later charged on suspicion of legal injury simply after 7am this morning.
The girls all wore patches bearing the phrases “higher damaged home windows than damaged guarantees”, referencing the Suffragette motion and acts of civil disobedience.
Brown mentioned to HSBC administration: “Investing in fossil fuels is homicide. More and extra folks can see that clearly. Why can’t you?
“We is not going to stand by while you spend money on runaway greed, while folks’s lives are being shattered by the fossil gas industries.”
The girls used hammers and chisels embellished with the names of 5 members of the South African girls’s local weather justice group, the Pink Panthers – Silindile Mchunu, Francina Nkosi, Precious Mazibuko, Lerato Mogapi, Eunice Manzini – to fastidiously crack the glass.
The girls, Brown included, then sat down and waited for the police to arrest them.
Extinction Rebellion cited a report by Rainforest Action Network, which claimed HSBC is Europe’s second-largest financier of fossil fuels after Barclays.
Brown, 68, moved to London from Ghana within the Sixties, and is one in every of a record-breaking 20 candidates working for London Mayor.
Her primary coverage is for a residents’ meeting to exchange the idea of a mayor, which might see a gaggle of randomly chosen folks representing all demographics coming collectively to make choices.
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