EXTINCTION Rebellion protesters are to begin their three-day “Hong Kong-style” shut down of London City Airport – that will cause chaos for thousands of travellers.
The climate change activists intend to “peacefully occupy and shut down” the airport’s terminal building from 9am today.
They will do this by lying, sitting or gluing themselves in front of the departure and arrival gates at the East London airport.
If they do not make it into the building, they plan to occupy the airport’s access road and DLR station.
The latest protest is against the climate impact of flying and the Government’s ongoing support of airport expansion.
Extinction Rebellion spokesperson 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.”
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.
It said those taking part are willing to risk being arrested to achieve their aim.
Protesters have been camped on roads around Parliament Square and Whitehall since Monday calling for urgent action on climate change and wildlife.
The Metropolitan Police said 800 people have been arrested since the start of the Extinction Rebellion protests on Monday, including a 91-year-old man yesterday.
They have confiscated eight ten-ton lorries worth of kit, including generators, power sources, toilets, tents and sleeping equipment.
A total of 500 cops from other forces from England and Wales have been brought in to help cope with the protests.
Disruption continued in the capital yesterday with stunts that included a mass breastfeeding near Parliament Square to “plead for the lives” of their children and a group yoga session outside Downing Street.
Police were also seen marching a giant octopus back to Trafalgar Square.
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In the wake of Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling the protesters “uncooperative crusties”, his father Stanley Johnson said the comments were made in humour and he would consider it a compliment to be called a crusty by his son.
A London City Airport spokesman said they were working with the Met Police to prepare for the protests and all passengers would be required to show their boarding pass to access the terminal.
The airport is the capital’s fifth-biggest, popular with business travellers, bankers and politicians for short-haul and regional routes.