Barclays branch accused of thwarting Christian protesters in London
According to this report, the protesters – Christians Against the Cuts – planned peacefully to enter the branch and offer biscuits to staff and customers while praying, reading the Bible and singing hymns as a witness against the injustices of the banking system.
But they got there too late. When they arrived at the bank on Tottenham Court Road at 2.00pm, they found the bank already closed.
They then suggested that the early closure was due to the bank “running scared” of Christian protesters. In fact, the bank closed because it had been targeted earlier inÂ the day by another pissed-off band who staged a sit-down protest and a comedy show.
The protestors were angry overt the fact that Barclays had admitted that it paid just Â£113m in UK corporation tax in 2009 – a year when it rang up a record Â£11.6bn in profits.
Chris Wood, one of the Christian protesters, said that he believed the closure of the bank demonstrates:
That Barclay’s are afraid to acknowledge their complicity in an economic system that sees the rich grow richer while the poorest and most vulnerable are faced with unprecedented welfare cuts as a result.
Wood insisted that:
The banks, with their reckless speculation and lending and their encouragement of excessive consumption have created an economic catastrophe that is having a devastating impact on our society.