Published: Fri, October 11, 2019

Extinction Rebellion protest: Kent Police join hundreds of officers in London

Extinction Rebellion protest: Kent Police join hundreds of officers in London

A flight to Dublin was delayed when a protester on board stood up just as the plane was due to take off and began to deliver a lecture on climate change.

The boat bore the logo of the activist group Extinction Rebellion.

An Extinction Rebellion activist had to be taken off a flight at London City Airport, as part of ongoing protests.

'I think very strongly we should be charging people the cost of the police response, ' he said on the Today show.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton on Friday resumed his attack on activists protesting under the Extinction Rebellion banner, branding them "radicals" and "outliers".

At City Airport, passengers arriving for flights on Thursday were redirected to a second terminal entrance by security workers and were not allowed to enter the building without showing their boarding cards.

Cressida Dick, the head of London's Metropolitan Police, said in a video statement on Thursday that more than 600 protesters have been arrested across London in the past two days.

But despite the action at London City Airport, which included some people gluing themselves to the floor, flights appeared to be unaffected.

Police said in the early afternoon that they had arrested "a number of people" outside the airport and one person on a flight on the runway.

It lies some three miles (five kilometers) east of the Canary Wharf business district - one of Britain's main financial centers - and the nearby bustling City of London.

Extinction Rebellion's colourful protests have managed to attract a mass following since its creation past year by United Kingdom academics studying the effects of harmful carbon emissions on Earth.

London's Metropolitan Police on Thursday enacted a rarely-used measure in the 1986 Public Order Act aimed at preventing "serious disruption to the life of the community".

The protest proceeded down Pearse Street onto Tara Street and then cross the river going around the Customs House to make its way to the Extinction Rebellion camp at Merrion Square via Lombard Street and Westland Row.

"Should you fail to comply with the conditions you run the risk of being arrested and prosecuted".

Extinction Rebellion had vowed to continue targeting the airport until Saturday evening - and to wind down their global action only at the end of next week.

Britain has set itself the target of 2050.

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