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‘I’m doing it for my grandchildren’ – one woman’s climate protest at Fishergate Barclays

Posted on - 17th August, 2020 - 9:27am | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Health, People, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Image from Beyond Politics' video of Susan's protest
Susan used a pink solution to protest against Barclays

A grandmother handed herself into police after staging a one-woman climate protest at Barclays in Fishergate.

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The woman – named as Susan in a video of the protest – threw a pink solution made from water, flour and food dye on to the windows of Barclays on Saturday 15 August, to “alert residents of Preston of the catastrophes ahead if we don’t act immediately on the climate and ecological emergency”.

Susan said she carried out the protest to condemn Barclays for their connections to fossil fuel companies.

In a video of the protest on YouTube, Susan is seen speaking to camera before setting off to the protest, while her grandchildren stand close by.

She says: “I’m going into Preston city centre today. I’m quite nervous as I’ve not done anything like this before. I’m doing it for my grandchildren and all the children in the world who are in mortal danger. We need to act now.”

Susan is then shown on the Flag Market using a megaphone to deliver her message, saying: “Your children are in danger. Your government are doing nothing about the climate and ecological emergency.”

Image from Beyond Politics' video of Susan's protest
Susan said she was nervous before the protest

At the end of the video Susan is shown outside the police station. She says: “I’ve done a non-violent direct action against Barclays bank, who continue to invest in fossil fuels. They are ruining the future for my grandchildren and all the children of the world.”

Read more: Criminal Damage at Barclays in Preston after Greenpeace Climate exhibition

As she walks towards the station, the person filming can be heard saying: “Love you mum, well done, I’m proud of you.”

Susan is a member of the Beyond Politics party, which states it will do “whatever it takes to give the power back to the people of the United Kingdom” via Citizens’ Assemblies.

A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said: “We were called to reports of criminal damage at a commercial premises in Fishergate, Preston, at 1.20pm on August 15.

“A 62-year-old woman, from Preston, was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and for conspiracy to commit damage. She has been released on bail pending further enquiries.”

Barclays has been contacted for comment.

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