15 ar­rested af­ter pro­test­ers block Heathrow air­port road

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Bri­tish po­lice say they have ar­rested 15 demon­stra­tors protest­ing against plans for a new run­way at Lon­don’s Heathrow Air­port.

A group of cli­mate-change ac­tivists lay down across an ac­cess road to the air­port early yes­ter­day morn­ing. Oth­ers gath­ered nearby hold­ing signs read­ing “Heathrow ex­pan­sion will de­stroy thou­sands of homes” and “Pro­tect the planet, no more run­ways“.

Lon­don’s Metropoli­tan Po­lice force says of­fi­cers made 15 arrests “for ob­struct­ing the high­way and pub­lic or­der of­fences“.

Last month, the Bri­tish government ap­proved plans to build a third run­way at Heathrow de­spite con­cerns about air pol­lu­tion, noise and the de­struc­tion of hun­dreds of homes.

Protest group Ris­ing Up! said the run­way had been ap­proved “de­spite mass opposition from lo­cal res­i­dents and the fact that do­ing so is in­com­pat­i­ble with the UK’s own laws on cli­mate change“.

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