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Protest shows anger at RBS bankers

Issue No. 2234

On the protest (Pic: Smallman )

On the protest (Pic: Guy Smallman)

Over 50 protesters came to the Right to Work initiated protest outside RBS headquarters this afternoon (Friday).

They were protesting over the massive bonuses for top bankers at the bailed out bank.

Many came straight from the “Dance against the deficit” protest earlier on. They gathered at RBS’ headquarters on Bishopsgate in the City of London.

Protesters made speeches outside the bank’s offices—and then attempted to push their way in through the revolving doors, chanting “Whose banks? Our banks!”

Some office workers came out to see what was going on. “I think it’s right that you’re protesting,” said one worker, who asked not to be named. “We work here and we get nothing while the people in charge get paid millions. That’s hardly fair, is it?”

The protesters were repelled by police from the office’s entrance, and a side entrance—but they were not deterred.

They ran across the road, briefly stopping traffic, to a nearby RBS branch—beating police there only to find it had been locked.

Passers-by joined in the protest, including local school students. “Education’s not for sale, put the bankers into jail,” they chanted.

Jamil, an east London school student, told Socialist Worker, “They’re telling me they can’t afford to give me £30 a week so I can have an education.

“They don’t need these millions of pounds—but £30 a week will make or break my future.

“It’s bullshit—they really should be in jail.”

Join the Right to Work day of rage against bankers’ bonuses tomorrow (Saturday)

  • Brighton – 1.30pm, Barclays North Street
  • Bristol – 1pm, meet Castle Park, top of Union Street, Bristol
  • Cardiff – 11am, Barclays Bank, Queen Street
  • Hackney – 2pm, Barclays Dalston
  • Manchester – 2pm, Barclays, top of Market Street
  • Sheffield – 2pm, Barclays Bank, opposite Town Hall
  • Swansea – 1pm, Lloyds TSB, Oxford Street
  • Worthing – 10am-2pm, South Street, opposite Lloyds.

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Fri 14 Jan 2011, 17:33 GMT
Issue No. 2234
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