Black Lives Matter Protesters Close London City Airport Runway

تم نشره في Tue 6 September / Sep 2016. 12:00 AM
  • BLM Protestors on the London City Airport runway - (BBC/UKLM)

LONDON — Flights at London City Airport were disrupted after protesters gained access to the runway. The Met Police said it was called to the site at about 05:40 BST after nine protesters erected a tripod and "locked themselves together" on the runway.

The Black Lives Matter UK movement confirmed it was responsible for the protest.

City Airport tweeted that the runway had reopened at lunchtime and flights were resuming.

It advised travellers via twitter to check with their airlines for the latest flight information.

All nine protesters were removed and arrested. The airport said inbound flights had been diverted.

Black Lives Matter UK said the action was taken in order to "highlight the UK's environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally".

A statement said: "Whilst at London City Airport a small elite is able to fly, in 2016 alone 3,176 migrants are known to have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean.

"Black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis.

"In Britain, 28% of black people are more likely to be exposed to air pollution... being in closest proximity to the industries causing climate change."

Scotland Yard said it was investigating how the protesters got on the runway - including the suggestion that they swam across the River Thames or used a boat.

The airport is popular with bankers and business professionals due to its proximity to Canary Wharf in London Docklands.

Last year, a record 4.3 million passengers used the airport.

What is Black Lives Matter?

·         The movement began in the US in 2012 after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin in Florida

·         It was founded by three women who have described it as "an ideological and political intervention in a world where black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise."

·         In August protesters blocked roads in Nottingham, Birmingham and the M4 at Heathrow, in a day of anti-racist activism. Nineteen people were arrested.

·         There is now a UK-wide network which they say focuses on campaigning for black people who have died at the hands of police in this country