FOLLOWING the acquittal by a jury of nine Extinction Rebellion supporters who caused £500,000 damage to the HSBC headquarters in Canary Wharf, a linked group called Money Rebellion superglued the locks of 50 Barclays branches overnight.
A press release from XR said: ‘At dead of night and armed only with tubes of superglue, activists held the number one funder of fossil fuels in Europe to account for its continued climate-wrecking criminal damage which endangers the future of all life on the planet.
‘Since the Paris Agreement Barclays has supported fossil fuels with $190.58billion of investments. New fossil fuels are incompatible with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping temperatures below 1.5C.’
This is what last week’s verdict has sanctioned these vandals to do, as we said in our report last week about the HSBC damage. XR gets some of its income from hedge fund billionaire Sir Christopher Hohn, for whom Rishi Sunak used to work. Kathy Gyngell wrote yesterday in her review of the week: ‘Lauded by the Times as the UK’s most generous man, [Hohn] directs rather a lot of his ‘generosity’ to ‘challenging climate change’, Extinction Rebellion being among the lucky recipients. Nor is he shy of a bit of activism himself, or of telling us we should not worry about what XR does: instead we should listen to them because ‘we’re burning the world at a fast pace, which is a fact’. Hohn is also an associate of our new Foreign Secretary, Lord Cameron.
Should Hohn and other backers of XR not be made to pay for the damage their underlings cause?