Protestors voiced their opposition to the prosecution of Patrick Reay and Mark Pearson before their preliminary hearing last week, but the pair were told they would be up before a court once more on March 28th 2011.
Despite police warnings, the pair occupied an HSBC outlet on Grey Street in Newcastle-upon-Tyne as part of action against government increases to tuition fees, alleging that the financial giant is a serial tax avoider.
"I should never have been arrested in the first place. I was just expressing my right to demonstrate peacefully," Mr Pearson told the Press Association. "When the police told me to leave HSBC ... I did, peacefully. I did nothing wrong."
HSBC branches in Liverpool and London's Covent Garden were again targeted by anti-avoidance group UK Uncut last month, despite the bank's insistence that its tax dealings have been transparent.
By Gary Cooper