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August 19, 2010    

Protestors camp outside RBS headquarters

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by Kay Murchie
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The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is faced with 100 activists at its headquarters, who are protesting against the bank’s role in financing oil industry developments which they believe could be harmful to the environment.

The Camp for Climate Action (CCA) have set up marquees, eco-toilets and kitchens at the RBS’ Gogarburn site.

Environmentalists have criticised the group for financing Canadian tar sands oil production and fossil fuels extraction generally.

The protesters “swooped” on the grounds last night and have declared a day of mass action against the bank on Monday.

They are also planning a protest today but this will take place at the bank’s St Andrew’s Square site.

A spokesperson for the CCA said: “It’s been a dramatic start to what’s going to be a week full of workshops, sustainable living and direct action against RBS crimes against the climate.

“We’re in a beautiful location here at Gogarburn, surrounded by the woods. People should come down, have a cup of tea and check out what’s going on for themselves,” she added.

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