Published on Thursday, October 10, 2019

London City Airport targeted by Extinction Rebellion protestors


Passengers flying from London City today are being advised to check their flight status before travelling due to an ongoing protest at the Docklands' airport.

Dozens of Extinction Rebellion activists are staging a sit-down protest at an entrance to London City.

They are sitting at the exit of the airport's DLR rail station, having been prevented from entering the airport by a line of police officers.

Passengers are being asked to show their boarding passes to enter the airport.

Two protestors have been arrested, according to an eye-witness.

The latest protest is against the climate impact of flying and the government's support of airport expansion, including a third runway for Heathrow.

Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Rupert Read said: "By non-violently shutting down this airport, in homage to the style of the Hong Kong democracy protesters, we are demonstrating the utter frailty of the transport systems that countries such as ours, unwisely, have come to depend upon."

The group said hundreds of people had already signed up to take part in the protest, which will seem them 'non-violently use their bodies' to close the airport.

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