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STICKING WITH IT: St Albans and Berkhamsted protesters vow to fight on despite guilty verdicts

 Published on: 10th January 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

Three Extinction Rebellion climate activists were found guilty in a case at St Albans Magistrates Court on December 16.

All three admitted to entering the Barclays branch in St Albans on March 2022, and to supergluing their hands to the inside of the windows.

Each was fined a third of the actual costs of cleaning the bank windows, after they had been arrested.  The three were not ordered to pay any of the considerable court costs, any victim surcharge, and not required to pay any other losses allegedly incurred by Barclays.

The three were Sue Hampton of Berkhamsted, and Phil Fletcher and Nigel Harvey, both of St Albans.

Explaining the group’s actions, Phil Fletcher said: “Barclays is by far the largest financer of fossil fuels in Europe.  They are actively driving the climate crisis.  Their actions will mean longer and hotter heatwaves, more droughts, and more flooding.”

Nigel Harvey added:  “Within the last two months, HSBC and Lloyds have both announced that they will cease financing new oil and gas projects. Barclays should follow their lead.  But instead, they seem determined to ignore the science, and to carry on financing the oil and gas sector,  in spite of the risks to humanity.”

Sue Hampton said: “I have no doubt that before long Barclays will be in the dock, along with companies like Shell and Exxon, whose new oil and gas projects they are financing.  I glued my hand to the glass to say No.  Enough now.  Stop the harm.”

The International Energy Agency has made it clear that there should be no new oil and gas exploration to avoid breaching the 1.5 degree limit of global heating.

Extinction Rebellion confirmed that it will redouble its pressure on Barclays until the bank changes its policies to fall in line with the UN and International Energy Agency.

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