Black Lives Matter UK, with the “full support” of the U.S. movement, has shut down London City Airport because “environmental inequality is a racist crisis”, demanding more mass migration into Europe.
“This action was taken in order to highlight the UK’s environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally,” declared the group in a statement. “By 2050 there will be 200 million climate refugees. Black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis.”
“We believe the time is now for a [BLM] movement in the UK to #Shutdown a nationwide crisis of racism and to fight for all black lives,” they add.
Police have confirmed that nine protesters on the runway locked themselves together, causing huge delays. Seven have been arrested on suspicion of “aggravated trespass”.
“We’re currently experiencing disruption to all flights due to protestors at the airport. Police are currently on the scene”, tweeted London City Airport (LCA).
It is thought the group either swam across the London docklands to reach the runway or used a small dingy.
Speaking on the telephone, BLM activist Alex told Sky News live that, “We are in total conversation with the people who created the movement in the U.S…they are in full support and when they wake up in a few hours they will release a statement saying that”.
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