Extinction Rebellion Bury St Edmunds stage die-in protest at Barclays, Lloyds, NatWest, HSBC and Santander banks
A group of around 30 environmental activists from across Suffolk and London gathered in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday to stage ‘die-ins’ at five of the town’s banks.
Led by Extinction Rebellion’s Bury St Edmunds branch (XRBSE), the protest was held to denounce UK banks’ investments in fossil fuels and their contribution to the climate crisis.
The group gathered at the arc shopping centre before walking into in the reception areas of the Lloyds, Nat West, HSBC and Santander; singing songs and acting out their deaths. One bank – Barclays– would not allow them inside the building so the protest took place outside.
Laura Fellow, a member of XRBSE, said: “We wanted people to understand what we were doing and why. Lots of them were very supportive of what we were doing which was great.”