In London, members of climate action group Extinction Rebellion broke several windows from the headquarters of Barclays. Pictures show that they used hammers and chisels. The police have arrested the seven activists.
According to Extinction Rebellion, the financial sector plays an important role in strengthening the climate crisis. With their action at Barclays, members wanted to draw attention to this. According to them, Barclays is one of the largest investors in fossil fuels in Europe.
The bank has not yet responded to the action.
“ You can disapprove of our action, but compare a crack in a window with forest fires and flooded houses,” says one of the activists. “We took action today because someone has to press the emergency button, because broken windows are better than a broken future.”
Extinction Rebellion has been turning against the financial sector for a long time. Last week, several more members were arrested after spraying black dye on the facade of the Bank of England headquarters in London.
The climate action group is internationally active, including in the Netherlands. In recent weeks, Dutch members organised blockades and demonstrations under the heading ‘spring ebellie’.
This weekend, activists, for example, laid down car traffic at a busy roundabout in Eindhoven for several hours. Twenty activists were arrested.