CLIMATE campaigners have staged a dramatic ‘die-in’ rally outside Barclays Bank in Oxford city centre.

More than 20 activists from the Oxford Youth Strike lay on Cornmarket Street yesterday, to protest against the banking giant's investment in fossil fuels.

Protestors met at Bonn Square at 1pm and marched to Barclays armed with megaphones and banners.

One 17 year-old protestor, Emile Czernuszka, said: “I detest any mention from Barclays about their investment in green solutions, when they are still a global leader in facilitating the destruction of our planet.”

The aim of the ‘die-in’ was to increase what they said was the ‘already overwhelming pressure’ from the Investor Forum – a group of Britain’s largest investors – for Barclays to stop investing in oil.

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Oxford Mail:

Another campaigner EJ Fawcett commented: "We have changed our activism due to the danger posed by Covid-19, but we cannot allow the burning of fossil fuels to go unchallenged.

"We are running out of time, we need organisations like Barclays to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

"Climate breakdown will not only affect the young, it will affect all humanity."

It was not the first time that company has faced climate campaigners in Oxfordshire.

Oxford Mail:

Greenpeace members shut down three Barclays Bank branches in Oxford as part of a national protest against fossil fuel funding in March.

Barclays on London Road, Headington, was one of almost 100 hit across the country, and had its doors glued and nailed shut by Greenpeace campaigners overnight.

To read more visit: Climate activists GLUE and NAIL shut bank doors in Oxford