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UK News Extinction Rebellion activists vow to shut down London City Airport as protests continue

21:50  09 october  2019
21:50  09 october  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

Activists to begin ‘Hong Kong-style’ occupation of London City Airport

  Activists to begin ‘Hong Kong-style’ occupation of London City Airport Extinction Rebellion aims to ‘shut down’ the east London airport for three days.The protest group says its members intend to “peacefully occupy and shut down” the airport’s terminal building from 9am on Thursday.

Extinction Rebellion protesters have vowed to shut down City Airport for three days, as environmental demonstrations continue in central London.

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Activists say they will stage a “Hong Kong style” occupation of the terminal building from tomorrow, 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 terminal, they plan to blockade it from the outside, in protest against the climate impact of flying and the UK government’s ongoing support of airport expansion.

The warning comes as hundreds of police officers are being drafted in from across England and Wales to help the Metropolitan Police deal with the protests, which are now in their fourth day.

Extinction Rebellion protesters outline plans to shut Westminster roads

  Extinction Rebellion protesters outline plans to shut Westminster roads Activists will take to the streets next week, after protests on Thursday saw the Treasury sprayed with fake blood.The protests are set to bring disruption to the centre of the capital as part of an “international rebellion” around the world calling for urgent action on the climate and wildlife emergencies.

Protesters have been camped, with tents, banners, food stalls and sound systems, on roads around Parliament Square and Whitehall, calling for urgent action on climate change and wildlife losses.

Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said the police have plans in place to intervene and “deal proactively” with anyone who has the intention of shutting down the airport.

And he said more than 80 tonnes of equipment being used for the protests in central London had been seized, including tents, portable toilets and generators.

Police were clearing any sites outside the pedestrian area of Trafalgar Square, after restrictions were put in place to stop disruption in the capital, he said.

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Extinction Rebellion protests to 'shut down' Westminster

  Extinction Rebellion protests to 'shut down' Westminster Extinction Rebellion protesters, of which 21 have been arrested already, are targeting the government in Westminster as they demand urgent action on the climate and environmental crises. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd Activists say they expect the protests to be as much as five times bigger than ones held in April, which brought major disruption to London and saw more than 1,100 arrests.The protests are targeting the heart of Government, as part of an "international rebellion" around the world, with plans to shut the streets into Westminster including Trafalgar Square and Lambeth Bridge.

Police marched down Horse Guards Road earlier to remove protesters and tents, including several elderly activists who refused to move and were lifted to the side of the road and placed under arrest.

As part of the protests, hundreds of women staged a mass “nurse-in”, breast- and bottle-feeding their babies outside the QEII centre, before marching on Downing Street with their prams.

Lorna Greenwood, 32, who organised the event, said: “We’re bringing the youngest lives who will be affected by the climate crisis to the heart of Westminster.”

Extinction Rebellion protester Dr Larch Maxey said: “The climate and ecological emergency affects us all, so it is essential that we all come together to solve it.

“We cannot do that with a government that is criminally neglecting to tackle the huge problem of aviation.

“Mass peaceful civil disobedience is essential to force our government to take the necessary action before it is too late.”

Police plead with Extinction Rebellion to leave London Underground alone .
The High Court will today decide if the protests can be bannedBritish Transport Police said they had engaged with XR members to prevent the planned 'disruptive and potentially criminal' action on the transport network.

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