by Emma Glanfield, The Daily Mail:
London City Airport was brought to a standstill by Black Lives Matter demonstrators who stormed the runway early this morning to protest against the UK’s ‘racist climate crisis’.
The mayhem began at 5.40am when nine protesters chained themselves to a tripod in the middle of the tarmac to ‘highlight the UK’s environmental impact on the lives of black people’, cancelling dozens of flights and delaying several more.
The incident triggered huge security concerns amid reports the demonstrators – who witnesses described as ‘white and middle class’ – managed to get airside by sailing a blow-up dinghy across the Royal Docks.
Despite the serious breach to the airport’s perimeters, police spent several hours ‘negotiating’ with those responsible as they waited for ‘specialist resources’ to unlock them, causing chaos for passengers.
It was only after six hours that all the protesters were successfully removed from the site and taken into police custody.
Flights in and out of London City Airport were disrupted this morning after a group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators marched onto the runway and lay down on the tarmac (they are pictured above)
Dozens of police officers were at the airport this morning in an attempt to move the protesters from the runway. Scotland Yard said it did not know how many officers were involved in the operation
It was only after six hours that all the protesters were moved from the site. It is suspected that the activists arrived at the airport by sailing across the Royal Docks
Dozens of police officers are at the scene of the chaos at the airport. Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of trespass
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