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UPDATE 1-UK climate activist Bradbrook arrested after attacks on big banks

05/11/2021 05:28
UPDATE 1-UK climate activist Bradbrook arrested after attacks on big banks

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- 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 HSBA.L and Barclays BARC.L..

Activists from the group smashed the window frontage of HSBC and Barclays in Canary Wharf last month and have targetted 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 5:30 am this morning for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud in relation to Money Rebellion's debt disobedience," a spokeswoman for the group 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.


(Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge, Editing by Paul Sandle)

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