Protesters arrested after gluing themselves to Barclays in St Albans
- Credit: Adrian Gladwin
Protesters from Extinction Rebellion have been arrested after they used superglue to stick their hands to windows at Barclays bank in St Albans.
Three members of the eco-organisation were arrested yesterday afternoon (March 11) at the bank branch on St Peter's Street.
An eye-witness said: “I'm guessing that they entered the place shortly before it closed for the day at 4.30pm. I took photos just before 6.30pm.
“Three or four protesters were holding banners outside and there was lots of police!
“Who, as I was looking on for a few minutes, were preparing to separate the said protester's hands from the said bank windows.”
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Police said: "Police were called at 4.11pm yesterday to a report of a small protest in St Peter’s Street, St Albans.
"It was reported that three of the protestors had glued themselves to a window of Barclays bank.
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"Officers attended the scene and three people were arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and aggravated trespass. They remain in custody at this time."
Explaining the reasoning for their actions, Sue Hampton, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion said: “Barclays is the biggest funder of fossil fuel projects in Europe and seventh largest in the world.
“In 2020 alone, they pumped a shocking $27Bn into fossil fuels. This in direct breach of the International Energy Authority (IEA) roadmap for net zero.”
She added: “We do not want billions of people around the world to experience more and more extreme weather events: deadly heatwaves, droughts, crop failures, famine, disease, floods and mass extinctions.
“Death on a huge scale. It’s already happening – and made worse by Barclays. That’s why we are doing this at Barclays today.”
Four months ago, three activists scaled the roof of Barclays in St Albans and revealed a banner captioned ‘Barclays - funding climate chaos’ and let off distress flares.
Hertfordshire Police has been approached for a comment.