Climate activist arrested after attacks on banks

Published May 12, 2021
Co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion group, Gail Bradbrook reacts during an interview with journalists at the Extinction Rebellion offices in London in 2019. — Reuters
Co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion group, Gail Bradbrook reacts during an interview with journalists at the Extinction Rebellion offices in London in 2019. — Reuters

LONDON: British climate activist Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion group, was arrested at home on Tuesday for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud after her group attacked banks such as HSBC and Barclays.

Activists from the group smashed the window frontage of HSBC and Barclays in Canary Wharf last month and have targeted Lloyd’s of London as part of what the activists cast as a “Money Rebellion”.

“Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police at her home in Stroud at around 5:30am this morning for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud in relation to Money Rebellion’s debt disobedience,” a spokeswoman for the group said.

The fraud allegation stems from a campaign to use personal credit card debt to make donations to groups allegedly damaged by banks — and then refusing to pay off the debt, a spokeswoman said.

Bradbrook, 49, who has a PhD in molecular biophysics, says Britain and other countries are acting far too slowly to stop devastating climate change and that the Western financial system is fuelling the abuse of the planet.

Extinction Rebellion wants to prompt a wider revolt against the political, economic and social structures of the modern world to avert the worst scenarios of devastation outlined by scientists studying climate change.

Published in Dawn, May 12th, 2021

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