EXTINCTION Rebellion has vowed to shut down London City Airport for three days from tomorrow.
The group has announced today it will “peacefully occupy” the airport, as it continues its grip on the capital.
Protesters in Trafalgar Square as Extinction Rebellion causes chaos in London once more[/caption]
A number of protesters have been removed from areas they have occupied[/caption]
The group’s statement today said: “Protest targets the continued Government support for expansion of air travel, which benefits the rich and punishes the poor, in the face of the Climate and Ecological Emergency.”
Adding: “In the biggest mass participation action of the International Rebellion, the Fly Today, No Tomorrow action will involve a ‘Hong Kong style’ occupation of the terminal building, lying, sitting or glueing-on in front of the departure and arrivals gates.
“Hundreds of participants have already signed up to nonviolently use their bodies to close the airport, and are willing to sacrifice their liberty to achieve this aim.
“City Airport is being targeted to highlight the incompatibility of its planned £2bn expansion with addressing the Climate and Ecological Emergency declared by Parliament or meeting the Government’s legally binding commitment to go net carbon neutral by 2050.
“Airport expansion such as this and the proposed third runway at Heathrow will make it impossible to meet this commitment, resulting in dire consequences as the Emergency worsens.”
The group plans to move from various sights they have been occupying since Monday, and set off for the airport at 7.30am tomorrow.
Organisers say if they don’t manage to get in the airport, they will “blockade” it from the outside.
Those who turn up will have enough food and supplies to last for three days, the group claims.
TAKING ON LONDON
A London City Airport spokesperson said: “We continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police to prepare for the threat of Extinction Rebellion protests. Our shared priority is the safe operation of the airport and to minimise disruption for passengers using the airport over the coming days.
“All passengers travelling for the remainder of this week will be required to show their boarding pass to access the terminal. We’d like to thank passengers in advance for their patience, and recommend that they check the status of their flights with their airline, before travelling to the airport.
“Climate change is a global challenge and we remain committed to building a more sustainable future for the airport and the aviation industry, ensuring that we are playing our part in meeting the UK’s 2050 carbon objectives.”
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of London at 10am on October 7 – the group say the demonstrations will last until the Brit government takes “meaningful and decisive action” on the climate emergency.
The group‘s website states: “Starting Monday October 7, for 2 weeks, Extinction Rebellion and allied movements will gather in major cities across the globe and continue to rebel against the world’s governments for their criminal inaction on the Climate and Ecological Crisis.”
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