After climate activists smashed windows to protest the role of the financial sector in climate change, police arrested seven people in front of Barclays headquarters in London this morning.
The activists of the Extermination Riot group smashed the window with a hammer, and then left a message on the front of the bank building that “break the glass to prevent climate danger”.
The organization stated that the move was part of their “money protest” against the capitalist system, and they demonstrated this by “causing property damage through non-violent direct actions to draw people’s attention to greater losses.”
They accused the bank of “continuous investment in activities that directly lead to climate and environmental emergencies.”
Barclays Bank declined to comment.
The organization’s move against Barclays in the Canary Wharf business district came after activists sprayed black on the facade of the Bank of England in London’s historic financial center.
“You may not like our action today, but please compare the financial costs of a broken window with the financial costs of forest fires and flooding houses,” said Sophie Cowen, a 30-year-old activist from London.