Barclays Bank’s windows smashed in Bristol attack


Barclays Bank’s windows have been smashed as part of a co-ordinated UK attack by a pro-Palestine group.

Palestine Action has claimed responsibility for the incident, which also saw red graffiti sprayed over the bank’s Bristol branch in Broadmead.

Twenty buildings – including branches in London and Brighton – were targeted during the early-morning action on Monday.

A spokesperson for Barclays said: “While we support the right to protest, we ask that campaigners do so in a way which respects our customers, colleagues and property.”

In Edinburgh, rocks were thrown through windows, inscribed with the names of Palestinians killed in the genocide.

Shut the System, a recently launched underground climate movement, partnered with Palestine Action’s underground division to launch the attacks, both activist groups confirmed.

According to the groups, targeted actions will continue until Barclays stops investing in certain companies.

A spokesperson for Barclays said the bank “provides vital financial services to US, UK and European public companies that supply defence products to NATO and its allies”.

“The defence sector is fundamental to our national security and the UK government has been clear that supporting defence companies is compatible with ESG considerations,” the spokesperson added.

“Decisions on the implementation of arms embargos to other nations are the job of respective elected governments.”

Avon and Somerset Police has been approached for a comment.

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