Written by Dominic Naidoo for IOL, 23 Sep 2023
Climate activisis clashed with security personnel at Standard Bank. Picture: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)
Standard Bank, one of Africa’s largest financial institutions, is under fire for its recent actions during a protest organised by the Extinction Rebellion movement at its Johannesburg headquarters. The bank’s security personnel forcibly removed climate activists, and their actions allegedly included the assault of a Daily Maverick journalist, Lerato Mutsila.
The incident occurred this week when Extinction Rebellion activists gathered peacefully at Standard Bank’s Rosebank headquarters to demand the bank’s divestment from fossil fuel projects and investment in renewable energy. While the protest began peacefully, it escalated into chaos when security personnel clashed with activists, leading to injuries.
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