During the demonstrations Saturday, 23 customers of Citibank found themselves locked in the bank at 555 La Guardia Place, New York by security guards while trying to close their bank accounts. Citibank issued the following statement:
A large amount of protesters entered our branch at 555 La Guardia Place around 2:00 PM today. They were very disruptive and refused to leave after being repeatedly asked, causing our staff to call 911. The Police asked the branch staff to close the branch until the protesters could be removed. Only one person asked to close an account and was accommodated.
Unfortunately for Citibank the entire incident was being filmed….Oops. Really, should they not have known?
The video below shows those inside the branch were not being disruptive remaining calm and peaceful. There are also reports from eyewitnesses stating the explanation given by Citibank is far from the truth.
The only disruption occurred when a plain clothed either security guard or policeman man-handled a woman after she identified herself as a customer and showing him her account information after which he proceeded to get physical with her.