Former Paralympian climbs on top of plane in Extinction Rebellion protest





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October 11, 2019 12:03:16

A Paralympic medallist has climbed on top of a British Airways plane at London City Airport as part of ongoing protests by Extinction Rebellion.

Key points:

  • Extinction Rebellion identified the activist who climbed a plane in London as a former Paralympic cyclist
  • In a separate incident, a protester stood up to deliver a lecture on climate change as his plane was about to take off
  • Extinction Rebellion said the protest had caused “major disruption” but had not shut down the airport as they had hoped

James Brown, who is visually impaired, clung to the Amsterdam-bound passenger jet’s fuselage as he streamed a live message online.

Police said more than 1,000 people had been arrested across London since Monday, including about 50 at the airport on Thursday (local time).

People were arrested for blocking the airport entrance as others glued themselves to the floor.

British Airways said customers were booked onto alternative flights to Amsterdam.

In a separate incident, BBC Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt tweeted that his flight from London City Airport to Dublin had been delayed after a protester stood up to deliver a lecture on climate change just as it was about to take off.

Extinction Rebellion organisers said the protests had caused “major disruption” but had not shut down the airport as they had hoped.

London’s Metropolitan Police called the airport protest “wholly unacceptable and irresponsible”.

The environmental protests have been taking place in cities around the world, including in Australia.

The group got its start in London last year, and has since spread to other countries.

ABC/wires

Topics:

community-and-society,

activism-and-lobbying,

climate-change,

england





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