‘Coal Bank’: Environmental activists vandalise Commonwealth branches across Australia

Environmental activists vandalised dozens of Commonwealth Bank branches to protest its investment in coal projects (Earlwood, NSW, branch pictured)21 Aug 2017 – Environmental activists vandalised dozens of Commonwealth Bank branches to protest its investment in coal projects.

The protesters blacked out letters in the bank’s signs so they read ‘Coal Bank’ as part of an ongoing campaign against the financial giant.

Photos of the vandalised branches appeared on social media on Monday tagged with #coalbank with protesters bragging their handiwork.

CBA is a heavy investor in the coal industry, which is worth more than $56 billion in export value last financial year and supports thousands of Australian jobs (Bondi Junction pictured)They claimed 25 branches were hit including Earlwood, Dulwich Hill, Bondi Junction and Paddington in Sydney, as well as in Adelaide and Newcastle.

CBA is a heavy investor in the coal industry, which is worth more than $56 billion in export value last financial year and supports thousands of Australian jobs.

Environmental groups claimed CBA invested $8.86 billion last year and more than $240 billion since 2008, and want it to end immediately.

Environmental groups claimed CBA invested $8.86 billion last year and more than $240 billion since 2008, and want it to end immediatelyEnvironmental groups claimed CBA invested $8.86 billion last year and more than $240 billion since 2008, and want it to end immediately

The pressure is aimed at altering the bank’s upcoming new climate policy, which protesters hope will move its investment towards renewable energy.

‘It claims to support action on climate change and keeping warming to below 2 degrees, but at the same time loans billions of dollars to fossil fuel projects that are polluting our world and making global warming worse,’ a petition site wrote.

CBA billboards were also defaced in Sydney, with protesters editing them to spread anti-coal messages instead of financial ones.

CBA billboards were also defaced in Sydney, with protesters editing them to spread anti-coal messages instead of financial ones

One replaced a family in front of their house with the slogan 'find the path to your property dream' with a picture of them in an inflatable raft with 'find your path to higher ground'

One replaced a family in front of their house with the slogan ‘find the path to your property dream’ with a picture of them in an inflatable raft with the words ‘find your path to higher ground’.

Another put a gas mask on a man with the words ‘every tonne of coal is doing you damage’.

 Another put a gas mask on a man with the words 'every tonne of coal is doing you damage'

The ongoing campaign is aimed at altering the bank's upcoming new climate policy, which protesters hope will move its investment towards renewable energy

The ongoing campaign is aimed at altering the bank’s upcoming new climate policy, which protesters hope will move its investment towards renewable energy

'CommBank has the power to help protect the Great Barrier Reef for our kids and grandkids by not investing in destructive coal projects,' a protest site wrote

‘CommBank has the power to help protect the Great Barrier Reef for our kids and grandkids by not investing in destructive coal projects,’ a protest site wrote

‘There is obviously growing community concern about the Commonwealth bank’s hypocrisy on fossil fuel finance,’ it said.

The ongoing campaign is aimed at altering the bank's upcoming new climate policy, which protesters hope will move its investment towards renewable energy

‘Despite their stated support for the goals of the Paris agreement, CommBank lent more money to fossil fuels last year than any of the other big four banks.

The vandalism follows demonstrators in July shutting down every CBA branch in Newcastle to protest against the bank’s funding of the controversial Adani mine.

Dozens chanted anti-Adani slogans while forcing the bank to close their 11 locations for the day.

'CommBank has the power to help protect the Great Barrier Reef for our kids and grandkids by not investing in destructive coal projects,' a protest site wrote

It continues a bad couple of months for the bank after it was accused of failing to report $77 million in transactions linked to money laundering and terrorism.

Earlier this month it was then revealed criminals allegedly deposited more than $44 million into CBA accounts, which were not reported due to a ‘system error’.

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Sydney: Anarchist actions in solidarity with Greek hunger strikers

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2 April – In the context of a call for a day of solidarity with the hunger strikers in Greece, some anarchists in Sydney made some small actions.

Various slogans were painted and posters in English and Greek were pasted throughout inner west suburbs were many Greek migrants reside.

Banners were also hung on highway bridges, and a banner was tied to the façade of the Greek consulate in Sydney CBD, where dozens of leaflets were also thrown.

ATM’s of the Delphi bank in Marrickville were also sealed with glue.

From Sydney to Greece, against prisons, against police.

Victory for the hunger strikers.

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Indonesia: Malang, East Java – ATM Bank bombed

Phoenix Project #10: Malang, East Java – ATM Bank bombed by Sebastian O. Seguel Cell / ICR-FAI (Indonesia)

325: You can’t jail wolves. You only can jail the body, but you cannot jail the spirit of liberation and the will to keep carrying on attacks against all the enemies. You can shutdown one fighter but the spirit will still live and reach the other corner and spot where you feel safe. You have an eternal enemy who will never step back even though we lost comrades. We, the nihilist anarchists will never stop hitting you until you are ashes. We are the pole out of your poor understanding regarding what is anarchy and chaos for us. And yes we are terrorists, the one who fought for freedom from hundreds years ago with fists, rocks, molotovs, incendiaries and of course, bombs.

And we used it against you. Against one of your most favourite instruments: Banks. We blew up one of your money machine with our small explosive creation. We made the bomb with our limited knowledge about it from many different sources. We want you and your abiding citizens know if we will never let our limitations bound our desire to continually address our anger to all of you. We made the bomb consisted of small amount of black powder and mixed it with some pieces of irons from nails to strengthen the power. And it successfully blew and paralysed one of your supporting instruments. Continue reading “Indonesia: Malang, East Java – ATM Bank bombed”

Melbourne: man arrested for bank vandalism

26 June: A Facebook video has helped police arrest a teen who allegedly vandalised a Northcote bank in February.

Police say two young males were captured on CCTV kicking in the front window of a High St bank in Northcote just after midnight on February 24.

An 18-year-old Reservoir man was arrested last week following an anonymous tip off. Police had posted the video footage on their “Eyewatch” Facebook page.

 

Sydney: Anarchist Vandals salute Lambros Foundas

Indymedia. In the early hours of the 10th of March, exactly two years since Lambros Foundas was gunned down by uniformed pigs in the street of Athens, some anarchist vandals targeted the Marrickville branch of the Beirut Hellenic Bank.

We sprayed “BURN BANKS” “FOR LAMBROS” “FOR SOCIAL REVOLUTION” on the windows of the bank, put superglue in the ATM card slots and covered the screens with paint.

This minor act of sabotage was carried out in memory of Lambros, an anarchist, social fighter and member of Revolutionary Struggle. He lived with the courage and conviction to translate his anti-authoritarian beliefs into action and he died on his feet, for that we will never forget him.

Eternal Honour to Lambros Foundas, Solidarity with the Revolutionary Struggle and Immediate Freedom for Pola Roupa, Nikos Maziotis and Kostas Gournas.

For generalised attacks on all machinery of capital and the state!

Indonesia: ATMs sealed by Vandals for Solidarity Cell – International Conspiracy of Revenge / FAI

From 325:

At the end of January 2012, some comrades in Gorontalo, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia, made an action of solidarity to Eat & Billy, imprisoned members of the Long Live Luciano Tortuga Cell – International Revolutionary Front / FAI and other imprisoned anarchists. They sealed 4 ATMs from different banks around the city, by filling the glue in the card channel, covering the monitor with oil paint, and writing some solidarity slogans on the walls. They left two communiques in two different places of action, to be claimed under the name of Vandals for Solidarity Cell – International Conspiracy of Revenge / FAI Indonesia. We only just received this news now, the communiques were “never found” and the media surpressed information of the sabotage.

FREEDOM FOR EAT & BILLY, LUCIANO TOO AND ALL THE PRISONERS

Melbourne – Attack On Commonwealth Bank Branch

24 December 2011

In the early hours of the 24/12/2011 we attacked the Mountain Gate branch of the Commonwealth Bank with rocks causing some damage to windows in a small, spontaneous expression of nihilistic solidarity with our comrades fighting the state both here in Australia and all over the world.

We would like to dedicate this action to the comrades Jessica Bigby and Jonathan Penman who were arrested by the pigs and accused of the counter-attack against transit cop violence at North Melbourne railway station and to the comrades who evaded capture and are still running free. Continue reading “Melbourne – Attack On Commonwealth Bank Branch”