- Title: Arrests as climate protesters attempt to occupy London City Airport
- Date: 10th October 2019
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (OCTOBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF LONDON CITY AIRPORT CLIMATE PROTESTERS BEING DRAGGED AWAY PROTESTER CLIMBING ON TO ROOF OF SHELTER / SECURITY PULLING HIM OFF / POLICE ARRESTING HIM POLICE CARRYING AWAY PROTESTER POLICE MOVING PROTESTER SEATED ON THE GROUND / STANDING BY PROTESTERS SEATED ON THE GROUND EXTERIOR OF AIRPORT POLICE STANDING BY DOOR OF AIRPORT SECURITY CAMERA POLICE STANDING OUTSIDE AIRPORT POLICE VAN PEOPLE WITH SUITCASES WALKING NEAR AIRPORT POLICE STANDING BY PARKED POLICE VANS PUBLIC TRANSPORT (DOCKLANDS LIGHT RAILWAY) SIGN EXTERIOR OF AIRPORT
- Embargoed: 24th October 2019 09:49
- Keywords: Climat Change protest City Airport protests arrests
- Location: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- City: LONDON, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Environment,Climate Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B0IKF9J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:London City Airport was braced for disruption on Thursday after climate-change protesters Extinction Rebellion attempted to occupy its terminal and shut down operations for three days as part of its action in the British capital.
London City is the capital's fifth-biggest - and most central - airport, popular with business travelers, bankers and politicians for short-haul and regional routes.
Arrests were made early on Thursday (October 10).
18,000 passengers are due to arrive or depart from the airport, with 286 flights scheduled.
Extinction Rebellion, which has targeted government buildings over the last few days, said protesters would lie, sit or glue themselves to "nonviolently use their bodies to close the airport."
London police have made hundreds of arrests as the protesters, labeled "unco-operative crusties" by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, began two weeks of civil disobedience.
London City Airport said it was working with police to prepare for the protests.
"Our shared priority is the safe operation of the airport and to minimize disruption for passengers using the airport over the coming days," a spokesman said.
All passengers traveling for the rest of this week will have to show their boarding passes to access the terminal.
Extinction Rebellion said that if protesters do not make it into the airport itself, they will occupy the neighboring Docklands Light Railway (DLR) station and access road to blockade it from the outside.
(Production: Will Russell, Ben Makori, Iona Serrapica, Helena Williams)
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