London City Airport runway blocked by Black Lives Matter protesters

Flights are being diverted

Black Lives Matter protest

Source: @ukblm via Twitter

Passengers travelling through London City Airport are facing disruption as Black Lives Matter protesters locked themselves together on the runway. This led to inbound flights being diverted.

Black Lives Matter UK 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.

“We note, however, that the UK is willing to charter special flights to remove black people from the country based on their immigration status.”

Activists in support of BLMUK #ShutdownLondon City Airport to protest the UK’s environmental impact on black people pic.twitter.com/7LvFnB9Pv3

— #BlackLivesMatterUK (@ukblm) 6 September 2016

 

“This action was taken in order to highlight the UK’s environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally.

“As the largest per capita contributor to global temperature change, and yet among the least vulnerable to its deadly effects, the UK leads in ensuring that our climate crisis is a racist crisis.”

The UK is the biggest per-capita contributor to temperature change & among the least vulnerable to its affects. pic.twitter.com/Bb5SmKWyt6

— #BlackLivesMatterUK (@ukblm) 6 September 2016

 A London City Airport spokesperson added: “The runway is currently closed due to protesters on site.

“We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience to their journey.”

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