Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested at London City airport

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2019

Extinction Rebellion protesters in London have been inspired by the fiery protests held at Hong Kong's global airport during pro-democracy demonstrations there.

Extinction Rebellion led protests around the world as thousands of people took to the streets in NYC, London, Paris, Berlin, Sydney, and 55 other cities.

The year-old group is spearheading a two-week global campaign that kicked off Monday with partial shutdowns of traffic in cities stretching from Sydney to NY.

Extra security and policing have been put in place at the United Kingdom airport after the group threatened it would attempt a major disruption, with its members "lying, sitting or glueing-on in front of the departure and arrivals gates" in a desperate bid to block entry to travelers.

More than 500 people were arrested within the first two days.

"Hundreds of participants have already signed up to nonviolently use their bodies to close the airport, and are willing to sacrifice their liberty to achieve this aim". The group has threatened to block off the nearby Docklands Light Railway stop if they are unsuccessful in occupying London City Airport itself.

Lots of of law enforcement officials are being drafted in from throughout England and Wales to assist the Metropolitan Police with the protests, which are actually of their third day.

London City Airport is working with police as it braces for the protests.

Stanley Johnson said the Prime Minister's comments about "unco-operative crusties" who were holding up the traffic and calling for protesters to abandon their "hemp-smelling bivouacs" were made "in humour".

Johnson's father Stanley said at an Extinction Rebellion rally on London's Trafalgar Square that his son was only making a joke.

Speaking to The Yorkshire Post Mr Sobel added: "As a lifelong environmentalist, I feel that it is vital the Government immediately calls a climate emergency".

Extinction Rebellion wants governments to adopt policies that cut harmful emissions to a net level of zero by 2025.

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