RBS head office damaged by golf balls in climate protestUnited Kingdom
By Alastair Jamieson
Windows at the Royal Bank of Scotland headquarters in Edinburgh have been smashed by golf balls during an ongoing climate change protest, it is claimed.
Activists have been gathering at the RBS head offices at Gogarburn since Thursday and an estimated 500 were on site on Sunday evening.
Members of the Camp for Climate Action have accused the bank of using taxpayers' money to prop up fossil fuel companies and thereby fund the destruction of the planet.
An RBS spokesman said: "We are constantly reviewing the situation and doing everything possible to protect the safety of our employees, customers and the general public."
RBS is almost wholly owned by the Government, which has an 84 per cent stake.
More than a hundred demonstrators dressed in white biohazard suits breached police lines at its Gogarburn HQ at around 5pm, the group said.
Activists held aloft a banner reading “Greedy pigs, bankrolling the climate crisis” and threw an oil-like substance at the building, a spokesman said.
There were reports of two arrests but Lothian and Borders Police did not comment.
On Friday, a woman was arrested after gluing herself to a desk at the office.
She was among 150 activists who breached the security perimeter separating the camp from the HQ.
Monday has been declared a day of mass action against RBS before the camp leaves on Tuesday.
RBS said some staff would work away from the HQ as a “sensible security measure”.
A spokesman said: “We have provided some alternative locations for staff where appropriate.”
Shaun Caulfield, who took part in tonight`s action, said in a statement from the camp: “RBS is one of the biggest climate criminals in the UK.
“People are angry that bankers are ploughing the billions that they got in the bail-out into incredibly destructive fossil fuel projects around the world.”
RBS said it provided support for businesses working across many industries, reflecting the make-up of society and the economy.
The spokesman said: “Just as society as a whole has to make a transition to renewable energy sources, so will banks like RBS.
“In fact in recent years RBS has been one of the most active banks in the world in providing funding for renewable energy projects so we are at the forefront of helping finance the transition.
“Therefore, while we understand the protesters' intent and publicity tactics, we clearly cannot agree with their decision to target RBS.”
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