Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Former Paralympian climbs on jet in airport climate protests

Former Paralympian climbs on jet in airport climate protests

United Kingdom media identified that person as 2012 London Paralympic Games cycling bronze medallist James Brown.

A partially blind climate activist was busted Thursday afternoon at a London airport for clambering atop a British Airways plane, the Evening Standard reported.

The Czech branch of the Extinction Rebellion environmental movement will block traffic and hold protest gatherings in Prague to draw attention to the climate crisis from Thursday, October 10 to Saturday, October 12, the movement informed on social media on Wednesday.

The year-old group backed by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg is spearheading a two-week global action that kicked off Monday with partial shutdowns of traffic in cities stretching from Sydney to NY. The plane was forced to return to the terminal and police boarded to arrest the protester.

Airport officials said the hub was managing to stay "fully open and operational" by limiting entrance to the main terminal to ticketed passengers.

"A number of protesters remain outside the front of the airport terminal and we are working hard with the Metropolitan Police to minimise disruption to passengers".

A spokesman for the airport said: "We can confirm that a number of protesters have arrived at London City Airport".

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A man in a brown business suit climbed over coils of barbed wire and onto the roof of the east London airport's entrance before coming back down and being led away by the police.

Cabin crew "calmly and very politely" asked the protester to resume his seat and when he declined they alerted the pilots, Watt said in a a tweet.

Hundreds of police officers are being drafted in from across England and Wales to help the Metropolitan Police with the protests, which have seen activists camped around Parliament Square and Whitehall since Monday calling for urgent action on climate change and wildlife.

Aer Lingus said the passenger was removed "due to disruptive behaviour on board" and a full security check of the aircraft was completed prior to the flight departing.

"Any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion "Autumn Uprising" and those linked to it who wish to continue their assembly MUST go Trafalgar Square and only assemble in the pedestrian area", the police statement said.

"I was arrested on a peaceful protest and have been released without conditions while the police decide what to do".

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