Environmental protesters have smashed the home windows of a Glasgow financial institution as they demand Barclays lower its ties with fossil gasoline corporations.
Sporting security goggles and Kevlar gloves, the Extinction Riot protesters broke the glass of the financial institution’s Clyde Place Quay department forward of an illustration exterior the corporate’s outlet afterward Monday.
The window panes of the constructing at its multi-million pound Glasgow campus had been damaged and three protesters held up banners declaring “that is an intervention” and calling on the corporate to “cease funding Rosebank” in photographs launched by the marketing campaign group.
Rosebank is an oil and fuel discipline round 100 miles off the coast of the Shetland Island which First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was urged to assist cut off after she was approached by a local weather protester at Cop27 in Sharm El-Sheikh final week.
The Glasgow protesters mentioned the sphere had greater than 500 million barrels of oil, and declare Barclays have offered Norwegian state-owned agency Equinor with $2.46 billion of backing since 2015.
In footage launched by the group, police liaison officers will be seen on the financial institution with police vans and automobiles arriving as they held their banners.
One Extinction Riot protester mentioned they have been taking the motion as a result of “Barclays are discovering the destruction of our planet, and they’re funding the destruction of our youngsters’s future”.
“I can’t stand by and do nothing whereas Barclays fund the collapse of society,” she mentioned.
Alex Cochrane, of Extinction Riot Scotland, mentioned that the financial institution have been the “largest funders of fossil gasoline in Europe”.
“Their greed is exploiting and making a way forward for famine, displaced individuals and world struggling,” he mentioned.
“Everyone knows we have to wean ourselves off fossil fuels. Everyone knows the local weather disaster is already hitting us but Barclays nonetheless refuses to do the correct factor for us. For all our sakes, they need to cease utilizing our cash to fund fossil fuels.”
The group claimed the motion in Scotland’s largest metropolis adopted within the footsteps of suffragettes and the Ploughshares motion, “utilizing nonviolent direct motion and inflicting harm to property to stop and draw consideration to larger harm”.
Barclays and Police Scotland have been approached for remark.
Dan Barker is a reporter with PA Scotland.