Barclays branches in Wales shut down by Greenpeace climate protest

Barclays branches in Wales - as well as those across the UK - have been shut down by Greenpeace activists.

The campaign started on Monday morning as part of a UK shutdown of 100 branches in protest against the bank’s continued multi-billion dollar support for fossil fuels.

Barclays Cardiff, at Working Street, St Davids Centre, has been blocked for access by a pop up exhibition and seven branches in total have been taken over by activists.

The exhibitions display photographs of some of the worst climate emergency disasters that have taken place in the four years since the Paris Climate agreement was signed.

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Greenpeace want Barclays, the biggest funder of fossil fuels among European banks, to stop loaning money to oil, gas and coal companies and instead channel funding into renewable energy.

Cardiff branches in the Roath, Whitchurch and Llandaff North were targeted.

Branches in Builth Wells, Brecon and Llandrindod Wells were also rendered out of action by Greenpeace activists who disabled the doors by gluing them shut to prevent staff from entering.

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At each of the branches targeted, images of Barclays customers bearing slogans such as Barclays Climate Criminals, Stop Funding Fossil Fuels and Stop Funding the Climate Emergency were plastered on branch windows.

Pop up exhibitions, maneuvered into place earlier this morning and staffed by Greenpeace activists, are currently blocking access to major branches of the bank in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London and Manchester.

The protest comes days after February was declared the wettest since records began, bringing flooding to regions across the UK.