Published: Thu, October 10, 2019

Extinction Rebellion protester grounds flight at London City Airport

Extinction Rebellion protester grounds flight at London City Airport

London police dragged away dozens of chanting and singing climate protesters on Thursday who tried to "occupy" an worldwide airport serving the British capital's global financial hub.

Today, members of the Czech branch of Extinction Rebellion will stand on blocks of ice with nooses around their necks at namesti Republiky.

Extinction Rebellion led protests around the world as thousands of people took to the streets in NYC, London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, and 55 other cities.

After climbing on top of the roof of the plane, Brown posted a video, aired on Sky News, in which he said: "I managed to get on the roof, I am so shaky".

The group wants governments to adopt policies that cut harmful emissions to a net level of zero by 2025. This is all about the climate, and the ecological crisis.

A London City Airport spokesperson said: "We can confirm that a booked passenger that climbed on top of an aircraft at London City Airport has been removed".

Passengers have now reboarded the flight and are waiting for the plane to refuel before it can take off, he added.

London police have made hundreds of arrests as the protesters, labelled "unco-operative crusties" by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, began two weeks of civil disobedience.

"Our shared priority is the safe operation of the airport and to minimise disruption for passengers using the airport over the coming days", an airport spokesman said.

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

"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".

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.

Those arriving for flights were redirected to a second terminal entrance by security workers and were not allowed to enter the building without showing their boarding cards first.

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

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