Occupation of Swiss Credit Bank in Geneva
Start: Wednesday, October 25, 2017•11:30 AM
End: Wednesday, October 25, 2017•12:30 AM
7 indigenous activists from North America, accompanied by 60 activists from Geneva and the StopCorporateImpunity.org network, occupied Geneva headquarters to protest against loans for pipelines crossing their territories, and which are a grave menace for their environment and for the planet.
While speeches and chants resounded inside the bank, « pipelines » were placed, emerging from the bank, symbolising the five projects financed by Credit Suisse.
Kanahus Manuel, of the Secwepemc, and Cedar Parker, of the Tseil-Waututh people spoke of the struggle against the Kinder Morgan pipeline in British Colombia. Construction is beginning, but is faced with determined opposition of thousands in the affected communities. Nataanii Means, Tufawon and Alas are in struggle against the DAPL pipeline, passing through Standing Rock
The occupation lasted half an hour, before police arrived. It follows on a series of bank protests this year, including ones in the main Swiss cities (Zurich, Basel, Bern, Lausanne) this week. They were part of the Global days of action « Divest the Globe » (www.mazaskatalks.org) from the 23rd to 27th of October. More than 106 actions took place in North America, together with others around the world.
A concert of indigenous hip-hop artists concluded the day in Geneva.
The participants promised to return to Credit Suisse until the loans were terminated!