Extinction Rebellion activists attempt to shut down London airport

Clay Curtis
October 10, 2019

CLIMATE action group Extinction Rebellion has been panned online after announcing a plot to "occupy and shut down" a London airport to demand government action on the climate crisis.

In Westminster, tents and protesters had been cleared away from the roads leading into Parliament Square.

One protester even managed to board a plane at London City Airport.

Brown was arrested at Heathrow last month after a protest which saw some Extinction Rebellion members attempt to fly a drone near the airport.

"Targeting an airport and inconveniencing travellers in this way is wholly unacceptable and irresponsible", London's Metropolitan Police warned in a statement. The airport's website says it has started an $873 million project to quadruple the size of its only terminal, AFP reported.

London City is the capital's fifth-biggest - and most central - airport, popular with business travelers, bankers and politicians for short-haul and regional routes.

Airport and Aer Lingus airline officials told AFP that a morning flight to Dublin had to be delayed by almost two hours after a ticketed passenger got up to make a speech about the climate as the plane prepared to take off.

London City Airport is working with police as it braces for the protests.

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Airport officials said the hub was managing to stay "fully open and operational" by limiting entrance to the main terminal to ticketed passengers.

An activist from Extinction Rebellion in a protest during the group's "Spring Rebellion" in Melbourne on Thursday.

"By nonviolently shutting down this airport ... we are demonstrating the utter frailty of the transport systems that countries such as ours, unwisely, have come to depend upon".

The Labour leader spoke out after demonstrations in the capital and other parts of the United Kingdom escalated into a three-day Hong Kong-style protest.

More than 500 people were arrested within the first two days.

Extinction Rebellion has vowed to continue targeting the airport until Saturday evening - and to wind down their global action only at the end of next week.

"This has to stop and Extinction Rebellion are here to stop it".

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