Air­port ac­tivists ar­rested

Demon­stra­tion: Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion protests tar­get Lon­don ter­mi­nal

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY EMILY BEAMENT

Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion ac­tivists in­clud­ing an 83-year-old man have been ar­rested amid demon­stra­tions aimed at clos­ing a Lon­don air­port.

A flight from Lon­don City Air­port to Dublin was de­layed when a protester on board stood up just as it was due to take off and be­gan to de­liver a lec­ture on cli­mate change.

And 83-year-old Phil Kingston was among those ar­rested as hun­dreds of peo­ple blocked the main

“There are many ar­eas of our lives that are go­ing to have to change”

en­trance for pas­sen­gers – his third ar­rest as part of Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion protests in the past week.

Ac­tivists are at­tempt­ing a three day “Hong Kong-style oc­cu­pa­tion of the ter­mi­nal” to high­light what they call the “in­com­pat­i­bil­ity” of the Lon­don air­port’s planned ex­pan­sion with meet­ing the gov­ern­ment’s le­gal com­mit­ment to cut emis­sions to net-zero by 2050.

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

An ac­tivist who gave her name as Claire, 51, said: “I don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen over the next few hours, but I do know that a num­ber of peo­ple have come here, City Air­port, to­day to make the state­ment Po­lice speak to ac­tivists block­ing a road at the air­port

that there are many ar­eas of our lives that are go­ing to have to change be­cause of the cli­mate cri­sis we’ve cre­ated, and one is fly­ing.”

An air­port spokesman said: “We con­tinue to work closely with the Metropoli­tan Po­lice to en­sure the safe op­er­a­tion of the air­port, which re­mains

fully open and op­er­a­tional.” But one flight to Dublin was de­layed when an ac­tivist staged an on-board protest.

BBC po­lit­i­cal edi­tor Ni­cholas Watt, who was on the flight, tweeted to say a “smartly dressed man in late mid­dle age” stood up to de­liver a lec­ture on cli­mate change in the aisle, and po­litely de­clined to sit down when asked by cabin crew.

Aer Lin­gus said the pas­sen­ger was re­moved “due to dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour on board”.

Else­where at the air­port sev­eral ac­tivists sat down on the ze­bra cross­ing, block­ing traf­fic go­ing in and out of the pas­sen­ger drop-off zone un­til they were fi­nally cleared by po­lice.

It was the fourth day of Ex­tinc­tion Re­bel­lion protests in the cap­i­tal.

Roads around Par­lia­ment and White­hall re­mained closed to traf­fic apart from cy­clists amid a heavy po­lice pres­ence, with pro­test­ers camped in Trafal­gar Square and nearby St James’s Park.

AC­TION: Po­lice watch as ac­tivists block the exit from the Dock­lands Light Rail­way to City Air­port, Lon­don, dur­ing yes­ter­day’s cli­mate protest

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