Demonstrators gathered at the Hanover Street branch of Lloyds TSB in Edinburgh on Saturday 17th January 2009 to protest at the banks attack on the charity Interpal
The bank, which has withdrawn banking facilities to the charity whose main work is to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza, links Interpal with global terrorism.
On November 12, Interpal received notification from their bank, the Islamic Bank of Britain (IBB), that Lloyds TSB (their clearing bank) has served notice on IBB to cease all dealings with Interpal. Clearing banks are responsible for the processing of all financial transactions and Lloyds TSB is one of the 4 clearing banks in the UK, which all high street banks must work through. The notice comes into effect on 8 December 2008 (date subsequently revised to 30 January 2009) and has the potential to force Interpal to cease operations early next month.