Eight women lined up at the European office of JP Morgan in Canary Wharf earlier this week to break two windows with hammers and chisels.
Wearing all black, the women used painted hammers with the words ‘life’, ‘love’ and ‘care’ on them to break glass at what Extinction Rebellion has labelled the “world’s worst bank.”
Before doing so they stuck stickers to the windows that read ‘In case of climate emergency, break glass’.
Care was taken to make sure no one inside or nearby the building was put at risk of harm.
After the glass was broken, the women sat down in front of the bank in a circle and waited for the police to arrive. They were wearing patches that read ‘deeds not words’ and ‘stop the harm.’
Wednesday’s action is the continuation of a campaign by people taking similar acts of careful and deliberate property damage at banks responsible for funding and accelerating the climate and ecological emergency.
Barclays, HSBC and JP Morgan have been targeted to highlight the banks’ respective business models, which the group says is pushing the planet to breaking point.
Sally Davidson, who took part in the action, said: “Climate change and the extraction of fossil fuels are causing untold damage to people’s lives and livelihoods, and damage to a pane of glass is insignificant in comparison.
“If this act of property damage is necessary to raise the alarm about the greater destruction caused by the financial investments of JP Morgan to public attention, then I am prepared to do it.”
The action is part of Extinction Rebellion’s Impossible Rebellion, with the group calling for intervention on the City of London and demanding an immediate end to all new fossil investments.
The action at JP Morgan comes after several days of occupations held by Extinction Rebellion across London, where they state that levels of police violence against peaceful protesters have been increasing.
Kureen has approached Barclays, HSBC and JP Morgan for a response.