Windows at new Barclays office smashed up by climate protesters

Activists 'safely' broke the glass of the bank's Clyde Place Quay premises in Glasgow.

Extinction Rebellion Scotland have broken windows at a Barclays office in Glasgow as part of a protest over fossil fuel investment.

On Monday, two activists “safely” smashed the glass at the bank chains new offices at Clyde Place Quay at around 8am.

The group then protested outside with banners stating “This Is an Intervention” and “Stop Funding Rosebank”.

A spokesperson said safety measures were taken in the action, and the protesters took “great care” to ensure the safety of bank staff.

Extinction Rebellion activists outside Barclays in Glasgow

The group have claimed that the action is part of Extinction Rebellion and Money Rebellion’s UK-wide ‘Better without Barclays’ campaign, due to the bank being the “biggest funder of fossil fuels in Europe”.

Myke Hall of Extinction Rebellion Scotland said: “Barclays are putting up the money to develop Rosebank. They want to extract and burn millions of barrels of oil to get even richer.

“It’s disgustingly greedy and it’s violence against all life. We will not tolerate it”

Alex Cochrane of Extinction Rebellion Scotland said: “Barclays are the biggest funders of fossil fuel in Europe.. Their greed is exploiting and creating a future of famine, displaced people and global suffering.

“We all know we need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels. We all know the climate crisis is already hitting us yet Barclays still refuses to do the right thing for us.

“For all our sakes, they must stop using our money to fund fossil fuels.”

Extinction Rebellion Scotland is due to continue its protest outside Barclays at 1pm on Monday.

A Police Scotland Spokesperson said: “Around 8.10am on Monday November 14, 2022 police were made aware of damage to a property in Kingston Street, Glasgow.

“Officers attended and two men have been arrested. Enquiries are ongoing.”

STV News has contacted Barclays for comment.

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