Bristol Barclays bank smashed up by pro-Palestinian protesters

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It is one of 20 branches that have been targeted across the UK

A Barclays branch in Bristol city centre been coated in red paint and had its windows smashed by pro-Palestinian protesters. 

The Broadmead branch is one of 20 across the UK that have been targeted by protest groups Palestine Action and Shut the System. 

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Activists have also sprayed the names of Palestinians killed in the Israeli military action in Gaza on the walls of the branch.   

Police are currently investigating the incident and a cordon is in place. 

The Broadmead branch of Barclays Bank has been attacked by pro-Palestinian protestersThe Broadmead branch of Barclays Bank has been attacked by pro-Palestinian protesters
The Broadmead branch of Barclays Bank has been attacked by pro-Palestinian protesters | Palestine Action

A spokesperson for Palestine Action said: “Palestine Action aims to halt the Palestinian genocide by undermining suppliers of weapons to the Israeli military, including Elbit Systems, along with financial companies involved with these weapons suppliers…Shut the System targets banks and insurance companies which enable fossil fuel expansion. 

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“Both groups have adopted radical direct action tactics which include sabotage of key infrastructure to physically prevent continued support for destructive and lethal business operations.

“Collaboration between the groups is designed to maximise effectiveness.”

A spokesperson for Barclays added: “We provide vital financial services to US, UK and European public companies that supply defence products to Nato and its allies. Barclays does not directly invest in these companies.

“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.

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

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

An Avon & Somerset Police spokesperson said: “Detectives are investigating after the windows of a bank in Bristol city centre were smashed overnight.

“Red paint was also thrown over the Barclays branch on Broadmead at around 3.10am.

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“Officers attended and searched the building and nearby streets but the offenders had already left, it’s not believed they entered the building.

“A cordon is currently in place while crime scene investigators examine the area and the bank is made secure.

“A hammer and a can of paint have been recovered and CCTV enquiries are ongoing.

“Investigating officers are keen to speak to anyone who saw three people wearing balaclavas leave Broadmead on bicycles shortly after the damage was caused.

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“We believe the incident is linked to damage caused to a number of other Barclays branches across the country which were targeted in a similar way at around the same time.”

Anyone with information or footage which could help is asked to phone 101 and provide the call handler with the reference 5224148983.

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