Some Citizens Bank shareholders attending Thursday’s annual meeting at Citizens Bank headquarters in Providence may have been surprised to be greeted by protesters from the FANG Collective holding “Shame On Citizens” signs and objecting to the bank’s holdings in oil pipeline companies such as Enbridge and Energy Transfer Partners. The protesters also demanded that Citizens Bank end its open line of credit to Sunoco Logistics.
Some of the pipelines Citizens is funding are Bayou Bridge, Trans-Pecos, Mariner East, and Dakota Access.
The is also asking people to move their money from Citizens to other financial institutions. Peter Lucht, head of media relations for Citizens Bank declined to comment for this story.
Though many people entering and leaving Citizens Bank headquarters took a flyer (see below) as they hurried past protesters or stopped to talk for a moment or two, others declined. One man said to the protesters, “I totally disagree with you. Go find something else to do.”
Officers from the Providence Police Department kept a watchful eye on the protesters, making sure they stayed on public walk ways and not on Citizens Bank property. There were no incidents.
— Steve Ahlquist (@steveahlquist) April 27, 2017