limate change activists used hammers to smash windows at Barclays headquarters in Canary Wharf at the moment, police mentioned.
Seven girls from the (*7*) Rebellion group had been arrested after police say they used instruments to trigger harm after which plastered partitions with slogans.
Protesters had gathered exterior Barclays in Churchill Place, Canary Wharf at 7am on Wednesday morning.
XR mentioned the motion was a part of its “Money Rebellion” in opposition to the capitalist system which used “nonviolent direct motion, inflicting harm to property to forestall and draw consideration to better harm”.
“It is the most recent motion in protest on the financial institution’s continued investments in actions that are instantly contributing to the local weather and ecological emergency” mentioned the group.
The message “In Case of Climate Emergency Break Glass” was pasted on the entrance of the financial institution’s constructing in the course of the demonstration.
Scotland Yard mentioned officers attended the demonstration round 7.10am and located quite a lot of windows had been broken.
Activists from the (*7*) Rebellion participate in a direct motion at Barclays places of work in Canary Wharf
Seven girls have been arrested on suspicion of felony harm and brought into custody and enquiries are ongoing, mentioned the Metropolitan Police.
XR later posted on Twitter to say the protesters wore “suffrage motion colors” and patches saying “higher damaged windows than damaged guarantees”.
“On seventh of April, at 7am, 7 girls from #(*7*)Rebellion fastidiously broke glass @BarclaysUK HQ in Canary Wharf, to name on the financial institution to cease financing the #ClimateDisaster,” tweeted XR.
Campaigner Sophie Cowne, 30, from London, mentioned: “You might dislike our motion at the moment however I ask you to match a crack in a window to funding wildfires and flooded properties.
“We took motion at the moment as a result of somebody wants to lift the alarm, as a result of damaged windows are higher than damaged futures.”
A Barclays spokesperson mentioned: “(*7*) Rebellion are entitled to their view on capitalism and local weather change, however we’d ask that in expressing that view they cease in need of behaviour which includes felony harm to our services and places individuals’s security in danger.
“We have made a dedication to align our total financing portfolio to the objectives of the Paris Agreement, with particular targets and clear reporting, on the best way to reaching our ambition to be a web zero financial institution by 2050, and assist speed up the transition to a low-carbon financial system.”
A slogan is displayed as activists from the (*7*) Rebellion
XR mentioned the motion was a part of an “elaborate April Fools prank” during which two activists dressed as ‘Fossil Fools’ bankers who the activists claimed had been “recklessly endangering our future for revenue”.
In January, it was reported that police will probably be given sweeping new powers to interrupt up protests which convey chaos to the streets.
Home Secretary Priti Patel was drawing up legal guidelines to ban guerrilla ways that disrupt companies or transport hyperlinks.
Senior officers will probably be allowed to impose a variety of restrictions to forestall demos inflicting a public nuisance or harming livelihoods.