top
San Francisco
San Francisco
Indybay
Indybay
Indybay
Regions
Indybay Regions North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area North Coast Central Valley North Bay East Bay South Bay San Francisco Peninsula Santa Cruz IMC - Independent Media Center for the Monterey Bay Area California United States International Americas Haiti Iraq Palestine Afghanistan
Topics
Newswire
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature

Well Fargo's Fossil Fuel Investments Protested in Market Street Action

by Leon Kunstenaar
Bank lobby occupied, many arrested in Thursday protest
sm_01-leon_kunstenaar_51-299-850_4973.jpg

Photos: Leon Kunstenaar / Pro Bono Photo

There are those who say that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Perhaps, but the loud disruption, complete with the SF fire department working with bolt cutters, saws and grinders to untie protesters and many police arresting and taking away protesters cannot have done all that much to promote the bank's image.

Organized by 350.org, Extinction Rebellion and others, the activists assembled at Justin Herman Plaza and then marched to the Wells Fargo Bank at 333 Market Street. They entered the lobby and with well rehearsed efficiency chained themselves together. The surprise was complete, with security employees frantically running around locking doors and making phone calls. Outside, others with megaphones handed out leaflets and blasted the bank's financing of the fossil fuel industry. Two people displayed a large banner. A frequent sight at environmental protests, women dressed in canvas sacks symbolized the calamities - famine, drought, habitat loss, and atmospheric rivers - wrought by humanity's addiction to fossil fuels.

In due time the police arrived, first one and then a couple of dozen. And then a gigantic fire truck. After some delay, the firefighters set about separating the activists who were connected by chains and metal lined tubes. It was no small job, requiring an array of metal cutting power tools. They also had to cut into a large metal barrel to reach some protests' arms.

With the entrance to the bank controlled by protesters, police assembled the detainees in the back service entrance of the building. Arrested people were handcuffed, their belongings placed in paper bags (including driver's licenses), patted down, placed in locked vans and taken away.

As Wells Fargo's management refuses to even talk to environmentalists, protesters plan to continue untill they do and above all, until they end their financing of the fossil fuel industry.

See all high resolution photos here.
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_02-leon_kunstenaar_01-299-858_6393.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_03-leon_kunstenaar_06-299-850_4798.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_04-leon_kunstenaar_07-299-850_4810.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_05-leon_kunstenaar_08-299-850_4814.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_06-leon_kunstenaar_14-299-850_4843.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_07-leon_kunstenaar_16-299-850_4855.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_08-leon_kunstenaar_19-299-850_4864.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_09-leon_kunstenaar_22-299-858_6423.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_10-leon_kunstenaar_25-299-850_4884.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_11-leon_kunstenaar_27-299-858_6431.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_12-leon_kunstenaar_46-299-850_4958.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_13-leon_kunstenaar_52-299-850_4988.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_14-leon_kunstenaar_54-299-850_5000.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_15-leon_kunstenaar_59-299-858_6507.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_16-leon_kunstenaar_61-299-858_6514.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_17-leon_kunstenaar_63-299-858_6519.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_18-leon_kunstenaar_64-299-858_6523.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_19-leon_kunstenaar_65-299-858_6531.jpg
§
by Leon Kunstenaar
sm_20-leon_kunstenaar_66-299-858_6533.jpg
Add Your Comments
Listed below are the latest comments about this post.
These comments are submitted anonymously by website visitors.
TITLE
AUTHOR
DATE
Nancy R
Fri, Oct 27, 2023 5:24PM
We are 100% volunteer and depend on your participation to sustain our efforts!

Donate

$55.00 donated
in the past month

Get Involved

If you'd like to help with maintaining or developing the website, contact us.

Publish

Publish your stories and upcoming events on Indybay.

IMC Network