Black Lives Matter protest causes delays at London City Airport
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Flights were disrupted at's today by activists from the branch of the movement who occupied the runway at the airport. Inbound flights were diverted to either or while outbound flights from City experienced considerable delays.
The, who arrived at the airport at 05:40 (0440 ), gave a further description: "There are currently nine protesters on the runway at the airport. They have erected a tripod and have locked themselves together."
Black Lives Matter activists claimed responsibility via theiraccount, saying they intended to shut the airport down "to protest the UK's environmental impact on black people", claiming the "climate crisis is a racist crisis" and contrasting the "small elite" who fly from City Airport to the "migrants have died or gone missing in the ".
In a further statement from the activists, they contrasted the expansion plans at City Airport with the lives of poor people in the surrounding borough,: "Recently London City Airport was given approval to expand its capacity, a move that consigns the local community in Newham to further deterioration of their environment. The average salary of a London City Airport user is 136,000 euros and 63% of them work in business, finance or other business services. It is an airport designed for the wealthy. At the same time 40% of Newham's population struggle to survive on 20,000 or less. When black people in Britain are 28% more likely to be exposed to air pollution than their white counterparts, we know that environmental inequality is a racist crisis."
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