Feeling the heat Climate campaigners hit RBS
Wednesday 02 September 2009
The Royal Bank of Scotland had to shut its Bishopsgate headquarters in the City of London temporarily yesterday, after environmental protesters superglued themselves to its trading floor during the sixth day of planned demonstrations.
Dressed as construction workers, around 20 activists used stepladders, locks and superglue to form a blockade, and unfurled banners which read "RBS: under new ownership" and "ethical renovation in progress".
The activists said they were protesting against the bank's investments in fossil fuel projects. Protester James Clarke said: "RBS is 70 per cent-owned by the public but it is completely against the public interest for our money to be used to fund climate change. Yet again, the banks are putting profit over people."
Earlier in the day, seven naked protesters held a banner saying "Climate lies uncovered" in the London Victoria office of Edelman, the communications company for EON, the energy company that is planning to build a coal-fired power station in Kingsnorth, Kent. Climate campers also joined Canadian activists in protests outside a BP building and the Canadian embassy against tar sands extraction in Alberta, described as the "most destructive fossil fuel project on the planet".
One arrest was made in a week that has seen police officers maintain a less conspicuous presence than the controversial tactics used during the G20 demonstrations in April.
Separately, campaigners from the Put People First coalition said they were planning protests in the City later this week. The coalition is calling for a crackdown on tax havens and greater investment in public services.
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