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Climate activists disrupt 13 Seattle Chase bank branches

Climate activists disrupted business at 13 branches of JPMorgan Chase bank in Seattle Monday in an effort to stop loans to tar-sands oil-pipeline projects.

Thirteen Chase bank branches in Seattle saw business disrupted by activists in an effort to stop loans to tar-sands oil-pipeline projects.
In Fremont a karaoke dance party was underway, while the Second Avenue branch was given over to song and prayer.
As the afternoon wore on, activists at the Second Avenue branch ordered cheese pizza.
“All you other banks in Seattle, you are next,” said Ray Kingfisher, a Northern Cheyenne tribal elder who helped lead the action at the Second Avenue branch.

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Climate activists disrupt 13 Seattle Chase bank branches

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Climate activists disrupt 13 Seattle Chase bank branches The protesters decry the bank’s funding of oil pipelinesPhoto: JOE DYER An Occupy Seattle protester demonstrates in front of a Chase bank…About eight people, including a Seattle City Council candidate, were arrested midday Monday during a dozen occupations of local Chase bank branches as an environmental protest.
Climate activists 350 Seattle issued a demand letter pledging to occupy Chase bank locations if they did not withdraw their support of the pipeline project by Monday.
Mazaska Talks claimed that four people were arrested at a Wedgwood branch and four more were detained at a Central District branch.
Protesters have left some locations, but other locations were closed down by the activists, including the branches in Fremont and Seattle University, according to Mazaska Talks and Johnston.
Chase is one of two lead banks financing the Keystone XL pipeline that has drawn ire from climate activists who are pushing to prevent completion of the tar sands oil pipeline that will funnel oil exports from Canada through the United States.

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SEATTLE — Twenty-six people were arrested Monday when climate activists opposed to oil pipeline projects demonstrated at several JPMorgan Chase banks, with some blocking entrances to the buildings or going inside and refusing to leave, police said.
A police sergeant gave the group a few warnings to leave before officers moved in to make arrests.
Later, the Seattle Police Department said it had received 911 calls from multiple Chase bank branches, indicating the protesters were blocking bank entrances or were inside and refusing to leave.
The protesters were calling on the bank not to do business with TransCanada, the company pushing for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Several dozen protesters sang, chanted and drummed both inside and outside other bank locations.

 

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