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Extinction Rebellion eco protesters threaten to 'shut down' Heathrow airport

Extinction Rebellion eco protesters threaten to 'shut down' Heathrow airport

Old Apr 18, 19, 7:16 am
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Extinction Rebellion eco protesters threaten to 'shut down' Heathrow airport

Travellers departing tomorrow from Heathrow might wish to keep an eye on it...

Source 1:
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-new...rs-to-14405482

Source 2:
https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/e...-a4121546.html

This will be very interesting to watch...
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:30 am
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With the flak the Met have been getting over allowing these upper-middle class layabouts to disrupt everyone's lives over the last few days, I very much doubt they'll allow them to cause any more chaos.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:37 am
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A pox on them all. What gives them the right to effectively declare war on the rest of society?

All power to the forces of Law and Order, and the Magistrates, in combating these awful people.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:38 am
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And Heathrow isnt as easy as Waterloo bridge.

if they want to superglue themselves to a plane they are welcome, but i'd rather be inside myself.
More chance of reaching their destination
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:41 am
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Balls.
I'm flying LHR back to DUB tomorrow.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:45 am
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Originally Posted by FinnRolo View Post
Balls.
I'm flying LHR back to DUB tomorrow.

give a little wave out of the windows to the unwashed eco warrior, stuck to the underside of the wing when you reach 20,000 feet
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:47 am
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Originally Posted by Fatdickie View Post
And Heathrow isnt as easy as Waterloo bridge. ...
Without wishing to give them ideas, blocking the tunnels with people is one option. And people running around randomly on the runways wonít help matters either. Bring a few drones for good measure.

I could suggest itís actually quite easy.

Good luck to those using LHR tomorrow. Iím using LGW next Thursday, with fingers already crossed.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:49 am
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Without wishing to give them ideas, blocking the tunnels with people is one option.
Quite. Exactly that has been done before.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 7:59 am
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From memory I think the airport byelaws give the police a little more latitude & incentive to act than is the case in central London
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Old Apr 18, 19, 8:23 am
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I hope not, Im flying from T3. Will be enjoying more time in CXF if so!
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Old Apr 18, 19, 8:30 am
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Police are far too soft on them.

How about their name and addresses are made public and we can all go and park our cars across their driveways, blocking them in. That way they can see what it is like to have your travel plans disrupted.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 8:35 am
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the Police have been a disgrace thus far. Declaring that the Waterloo and Oxford Circus protests were unlawful and then doing virtually nothing and in some cases actually joining in. The so called Mayor has also sat on his backside.

The perimeter at LHR is huge - stopping people cutting the fences is not easy. Plus they can just sit nearby house and launch a few hundred drones. In theory, the airport could be shut for days if the Police do not actually start doing the job they are paid for.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 8:37 am
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Originally Posted by JimEddie View Post
From memory I think the airport byelaws give the police a little more latitude & incentive to act than is the case in central London
Indeed. The Airport Byelaws are very black and white which enables the Police to act quickly. Here is just one example of the powers.

https://www.heathrow.com/company/par...athrow-byelaws

3.19 No demonstrations etc
No person shall organise or take part in any demonstration, procession or public assembly likely to
obstruct or interfere with the proper use of the Airport or obstruct or interfere with the safety of
passengers or persons using the Airport.


The problem will be how many turn up but I would be confident that there's a lot going on behind the scenes by the Police.

Peaceful and legitimate demonstrations are one thing but to disrupt everyone is just not on really and I personally think their movement and cause, the latter one being a very valid, important and current issue, will backfire on them in respect of public opinion.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 8:41 am
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Climate change is a very serious issue and allied to a number of other issues such as energy security, so we should not dismiss the cause. But I do rather think these protests and any action against Heathrow is not just self indulgent but also counter productive. It is alienating the very people who need to be onside to support the changes needed.

For the life of me I can not understand the point of disrupting low carbon light railway commuting.
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Old Apr 18, 19, 8:42 am
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Originally Posted by Agent69 View Post
Police are far too soft on them.
I'd disagree, the Courts are too soft in my view but that's a whole different issue for lots of debate and there are sentencing guidelines. Those arrested are released, just go back and then get arrested again!
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