On the night of Monday February 6 to Tuesday February 7, militants from the Extinction group ransacked around sixty ATMs of the BNP Paribas bank.
An action called “
too dirty bank
The DABs were painted over with glue, putty, paint and clay.
Activists targeted this bank on the eve of the announcement of the 2022 results. For the latter, 2022 is a record year with 10.2 billion euros in net profit.
Noted to cease its support for new fossil fuel projects by several NGOs in October 2022, the bank said it disagreed on January 24 with the injunctions of the 'L'Affaire BNP' collective, which attacked it.
BNP has therefore explicitly and publicly chosen to continue its deleterious financial activities, when each day spent supporting fossil fuels is one more step towards the ecological chaos predicted by the IPCC
", defends Extinction Rébellion, which claims to have passed to "
a new combat phase
of "shock actions
BNP Paribas is committed to a very proactive ecological transition plan.
It is one of the first corporate banks to have announced that its outstanding financing for the production of low-carbon energies is already greater than that of fossil fuels.
It has not financed any oil projects since 2016 and will have more than 80% completed the transition from its financing activities to low-carbon energy production by 2030, well ahead of the economy itself.
“, responds the bank to
An action against the group had already been organized on January 20.
Activists then blocked traffic in front of several BNP Paribas branches, by laying fake pipelines on the road.
This network of activists, formed in the UK in 2018, regularly uses civil disobedience to denounce what it calls government inaction on climate change.
Its activists have distinguished themselves by sticking to the roads or planes to block traffic.
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At the end of August, they again blocked London's iconic Tower Bridge Weighbridge.
This year, we are prioritizing participation over arrests, outreach over roadblocks
," the group said in a statement.
He announces that he has taken for 2023 the "
controversial resolution to temporarily turn away from disturbances of public space as a main tactic
" in the United Kingdom.