Campaigner superglues herself to bank's desk in protest

LOCAL activist Dongria Kondh (formerly known as Penny Eastwood) is due in court after super gluing herself to the reception desk in the headquarters of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) in Edinburgh.

Friday, 17th September 2010, 12:36 pm

Dongria has changed her name by deed poll to that of the indigenous community in India, whose land is being threatened by mineral extraction company Vedanta, which was controversially given loans by the state-owned bank last year.

Dongria, who is refusing to change her name back until the issue has been sorted out, said: "It is outrageous that the Royal Bank of Scotland is investing tax payers money from the banking bailout on such a project abroad.

"Super gluing yourself to a table is a pretty harmless thing to do, but I hope my action will help shine the light of day onto what is really going on and where OUR money is really going after the banking collapse."

RBS has defended its loans policy and in a statement said: "As a major international bank we provide support for businesses working across many industries and reflect the make up of society and the economy.

"Just as society as a whole has to make a transition to renewable energy sources so will banks like RBS. In fact in recent years RBS has been one of the most active banks in the world in providing funding for renewable energy projects so we are at the forefront of helping finance the transition.

"Therefore, whilst we fully respect the right for anyone to express their point of view in a peaceful way, and we understand the protesters intent, we clearly cannot agree with their decision to target RBS."

Lothian and Edinburgh police have charged Dongria with a breach of the peace and she will appear in court early next year.