Extinction Rebellion at LCY

Old Oct 8, 19, 5:46 am
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Extinction Rebellion at LCY

Just caught up on the news that Extinction Rebellion are targeting a 3 day shut down of LCY from Thursday, 10 October.

Unfortunately I am scheduled to fly from LCY to FLR on Thursday around lunchtime. Can any more experienced flyers help with my options other than arrive early and hope for the best?
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Old Oct 8, 19, 5:49 am
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Probably just be patient and await any updates from your airline, the airport or the authorities I imagine. How vital is the flight?

They will struggle to completely shut down an airport in my expectation, but I have no idea what their plans might be.
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Old Oct 8, 19, 5:52 am
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I live in Westminster and the police have been a lot more aggressive at containing them this time (although they have set up camp in my street..). Given the pre-publicized nature I'd expect them to have limited success shutting it down.
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Old Oct 8, 19, 5:58 am
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I think the Police will be there in big numbers and the OP will make his flight
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Came home late last night to see loads of police around Smithfield Market
Found out the morning vegans had invaded

Seem to have contained them in the thoroughfare with market stalls and plenty of expensive tents!

The meat market continues around them!
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Old Oct 8, 19, 6:23 am
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I'm flying out of LCY on Friday, current advice is turn up unless you hear otherwise.


It's such a small airport that hopefully the Met can contain the protestors somewhere they will have minimal effect. Although I did see some comments saying a number of them have bought tickets so they can make it through into the airport to block it from the inside.
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Extinction Rebellion and their yacht have been around LCY for the past month or so.

The Police have been quite patient, and they're pretty prepared - but I would imagine the new threat of disruption will purely be on the roads.

The DLR will likely still feed in and out of LCY.

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They've planned to close down LHR twice (emphasis on planned). I wouldn't worry
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Despite a current police presence, it was a forerunner of this group who chained themselves to LCY’s runway a year or two ago and caused an almighty mess for the day. Unlike LHR or LGW, being surrounded by water makes it a little tougher for security to hold off protestors intend on gaining access to LCY.

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Originally Posted by allturnleft View Post
Came home late last night to see loads of police around Smithfield Market
Found out the morning vegans had invaded

Seem to have contained them in the thoroughfare with market stalls and plenty of expensive tents!

The meat market continues around them!
A bunch of vegans protesting against butchers with meat-cleavers is presumably the only blood sport they haven't banned.
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Old Oct 8, 19, 7:45 am
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Originally Posted by Pilot37 View Post
Despite a current police presence, it was a forerunner of this group who chained themselves to LCY’s runway a year or two ago and caused an almighty mess for the day. Unlike LHR or LGW, being surrounded by water makes it a little tougher for security to hold off protestors intend on gaining access to LCY.

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A few years back when I used to work opposite LCY, the police had a fast boat in the water ready for action. Whether they would still be quick enough to intercept anyone is another matter.
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Originally Posted by BahrainLad View Post
A bunch of vegans protesting against butchers with meat-cleavers is presumably the only blood sport they haven't banned.
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Originally Posted by allturnleft View Post
Came home late last night to see loads of police around Smithfield Market
Found out the morning vegans had invaded

Seem to have contained them in the thoroughfare with market stalls and plenty of expensive tents!

The meat market continues around them!
I regularly walk through Smithfield on my way to the office when in London, and even as a dedicated carnivore I find the smell of meat in there rather unpleasant. Hope the vegans enjoyed it!
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Originally Posted by BahrainLad View Post
A bunch of vegans protesting against butchers with meat-cleavers is presumably the only blood sport they haven't banned.
Yeah, I think "anti-war protestors getting in the face of construction workers" went out of fashion in the 1970s. I wonder why...

Originally Posted by bhbloke View Post
I'm flying out of LCY on Friday, current advice is turn up unless you hear otherwise.

https://twitter.com/LondonCityAir/st...00397089886209

It's such a small airport that hopefully the Met can contain the protestors somewhere they will have minimal effect. Although I did see some comments saying a number of them have bought tickets so they can make it through into the airport to block it from the inside.
The optics might be hell, but I wouldn't mind seeing a few airlines (and/or the airport) offering lifetime bans for folks doing that. Be nice if they could get LHR and LGW in on the action and exile them to Stansted and Luton...
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