Published: Fri, April 19, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Weeping teenage climate activists in peaceful protest near London's Heathrow

Weeping teenage climate activists in peaceful protest near London's Heathrow

A Heathrow spokesman said: "We are working with the authorities to address any threat of protests which could disrupt the airport".

The Metropolitan police said that they had detained 290 people in connection with the "Extinction Rebellion" protests and that they "expect demonstrations to continue throughout the coming weeks". "Targeting public transport in this way would only damage the cause of all of us who want to tackle climate change".

Its protesters say they are practising non-violent civil disobedience and aim to get arrested to raise awareness of their cause.

"While we respect the right to peaceful protest and agree with the need to act on climate change, we don't agree that passengers should have their well-earned Easter break holiday plans with family and friends disrupted", the airport said.

In order to attract attention, the protesters are deliberately trying to get themselves arrested - more than 200 arrests have been made during the demonstrations in the last three days.

It came as Home Secretary Sajid Javid heaped pressure on the police to use "the full force of the law" against the protesters who enter the fifth day of the climate change action on Friday.

They were warned by the police they would face a "robust response" if they attempted to target the airport.

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In London's east, a man and a woman stood on the roof of a train and held a banner that said: "Climate Emergency".

"We have no intention of leaving until the government listens to us", he said.

The protest saw more than a thousand people block off central London's Waterloo Bridge and lay trees in pots along its length. Another activist glued himself to one of the trains.

Extinction Rebellion is calling on the United Kingdom government to fulfil three demands - to better inform the public about climate change, to make the country carbon neutral by 2025 and to create a citizens assembly model on environmental issues.

Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook said "more people are joining us all the time".

Britain has lowered net emissions by 42 per cent since 1990, and now aims to cut emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

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