A series of protests by Extinction Rebellion (XR) have taken place across Surrey today (Monday, November 14). Members of the environmental activist group have glued themselves to a Barclays bank branch in Guildford as part of demonstrations across the south-east.
Protests have also taken place outside Barclays banks in Farnham and Reigate. A spokesperson for XR said: “At 12 noon today three members of Extinction Rebellion Waverley glued their hands to the window inside the Barclays bank branch in North Street Guildford. Other members of Extinction Rebellion from Guildford and Waverley were inside and outside the branch explaining to customers and passers-by why they were taking this action against Barclays.
“This is part of a nationwide campaign against Barclays taking place today across the south-east.” The activists remain glued to the window wearing placards with the words ‘This Bank Funds Fossil Fuels’, ‘Move Your Money’, and ‘Barclays are Climate Criminals’.
The group of 18 climate activists are still staging the protest inside and outside the bank. The statement also quoted Beverley and Clive Teague, 74, a retired structural engineer from Farnham, as saying: “We are acting against Barclays today because they continue to use their customers’ money to finance coal, gas and oil exploration and exploitation.
“After 40 years as customers of Barclays we closed our account due to their refusal to acknowledge that their policies and actions are fuelling the destruction of our world.”
This is a developing news story – for the latest updates as they happen, click here. Scroll down below for photos of today’s protests in Guildford with the last photo showing Reigate.
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