Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested at London City airport

Elias Hubbard
October 10, 2019

Meanwhile, police made several arrests as activists blocked the main entrance to the airport, with some gluing themselves to the floor.

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

The climate change group are preparing to begin an occupation of London City Airport, in an attempt to stop flights from the airport for three days.

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.

Cabin crew "calmly and very politely" asked the protester to resume his seat and when he declined they alerted the pilots, Watt said in a a tweet.

The group said it was targeting London City Airport because the airport was planning a $3.64 billion expansion.

A spokesman for London City Airport said as of 09:15 BST more than 60 flights which had either arrived or departed.

"We continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure the safe operation of the airport, which remains fully open and operational", he said.

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

Extinction Rebellion spokesman Rupert Read said: 'By non-violently shutting down this airport, in homage to the style of the Hong Kong democracy protesters, we are demonstrating the utter frailty of the transport systems that countries such as ours, unwisely, have come to depend upon'.

Extinction Rebellion protesters in London have been inspired by the fiery protests held at Hong Kong's global airport during pro-democracy demonstrations there.

When two women tried to break through that security, they were dragged away by police.

"I'm working with Extinction Rebellion on a Private Member's Bill - because the Government aren't bringing forward a bill - to try and meet some or all of Extinction Rebellion's three demands and I'm hoping to put that down in the new session".

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