Voluntary Sector: Taking action ... WDM and People & Planet vs Royal Bank of Scotland

Protesters - World Development Movement (WDM) and People & Planet

Target - Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Location - Over 15 locations, including London, Cardiff, Sheffield, Cambridge and Edinburgh

Date - 28 April


WDM and People & Planet called for action to coincide with RBS' annual general meeting, to protest against the bank's investment in 'dirty and unethical' projects. Demonstrations happened outside the AGM in Edinburgh and RBS branches across the UK. In Edinburgh, 100 campaigners wearing badges saying 'RBS public shareholder' waved placards and chanted 'RBS take some action - stop funding oil extraction'.

- Why the protests?

The focus of the protests is the bank's support for firms involved in extracting oil from tar sands in areas such as Alberta, Canada. The protesters claim tar sands companies are 'linked to human rights abuses of indigenous communities'.

- How did RBS respond?

RBS said it did not provide specific project financing for tar sands oil exploration. RBS chairman Sir Philip Hampton was due to meet with campaigners last Thursday.

- How did the media cover it?

The Independent, The Scotsman and Politics.co.uk covered the protests. The Scotsman quoted a protester as saying: 'The public has the right to know how our money is being spent.'

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