XR protesters plead not guilty after Brighton Barclays protest

Extinction Rebellion protesters who chained themselves to a bench have pleaded not guilty to aggravated trespassing.

Nicola Harries, Jonathan Kennedy, Sue Williams and Ian McIntyre appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court after protesting outside Barclays Bank on North Street on November 14, 2022.

Extinction Rebellion activists chained themselves to the bank, demanding they divert money from oil and gas exploration.

The group will face trial in the new year.

In a statement released outside of court, Harries, 67, a retired lawyer, said: “I cannot watch as future generations around the world are faced with living in extreme weather conditions and all the misery and destruction that that will bring.

“Barclays has a moral obligation to break free and refuse to fund any new oil or gas exploration. The bank must act now.”

The Argus: Jonathan Kennedy, Susan Williams, Nicola Harries and Ian McIntyre, left to rightJonathan Kennedy, Susan Williams, Nicola Harries and Ian McIntyre, left to right (Image: The Argus)

XR protesters gathered outside the court to support the group while a samba band was heard from the courtroom.

The band gathered outside the courthouse entrance to show their solidarity with the quartet as they handed in their pleadings.

Williams, 67, a retired teacher, added: “I’m increasingly scared of the climate emergency. We must stop the new oil and gas production.

“We know its effect on the climate. Barclays Bank recognizes the appalling damage fossil fuels are causing to the planet.”

At the protest earlier this year, customers stepped over the protesters to use the bank, while some were forced to use the side entrance.

The police finally freed the demonstrators from their chains and arrested them on suspicion of aggravated trespassing.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Police attended a protest outside a shop on North Street in Brighton at around 1.15pm on Monday 14 November.

“Officials have been dealing with those in attendance and the business to allow for a peaceful protest and to minimize disruption to the public.

“Four people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespassing and taken into custody.”

Barclays said it was not commenting on the protests, but added: “We are committed to doing our part to address the urgent and complex challenge of climate change.”

The hearing will now take place on April 24, 2023.

https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23193013.xr-protesters-plead-not-guilty-brighton-barclays-protest/?ref=rss XR protesters plead not guilty after Brighton Barclays protest

Fry Electronics Team

Fry Electronics.com is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@fry-electronics.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button