Extinction Rebellion tries to shut down London airport

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

The man, identified by Extinction Rebellion as former Paralympic cyclist James Brown, was spotted clinging to the fuselage in a video streamed by the protest group.

The Czech branch of the Extinction Rebellion environmental movement will block traffic and hold protest gatherings in Prague to draw attention to the climate crisis from Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12, the movement informed on social media on Wednesday.

But during a speech in Northampton this morning Mr Corbyn said: 'To have any hope of keeping global temperature rises to a manageable level we need immediate and radical action.

Extinction Rebellion (XR for short) wants governments to declare a "climate and ecological emergency" and take immediate action to address climate change. A spokeswoman for BA said "we are investigating what happened as a matter of urgency".

"A number of protesters remain outside the front of the airport terminal and we are working hard with the Metropolitan Police to minimise disruption to passengers".

The group said hundreds of people have already signed up to take part in the protest, which will seem them "non-violently use their bodies" to close the airport.

"I'm extremely sorry to disturb everybody here".

On Thursday, 18,000 passengers were due to arrive or depart from the airport, with 286 flights scheduled.

Aer Lingus, the Irish arm of IAG SA, said in a statement that he'd been taken off for "disruptive behaviour on board" and that a full security check was subsequently carried out.

Extinction Rebellion said that if protesters do not make it into the airport itself, they will occupy the neighbouring Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station and access road to blockade it from the outside.

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The airport said it is "committed to building a more sustainable future for the airport and the aviation industry" and has said it will achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

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