The airport occupation is part of Extinction Rebellion's two-week protest to demand greater government action on the climate crisis. The group says extreme weather caused by climate change would lead to crop losses, food crises, social unrest and damage to infrastructure, and people were risking arrest to show "how vulnerable we are".
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But Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said said the protesters were "utterly irresponsible and completely unreasonable" for their determination to take over and occupy important arterial roads in London for a two-week period She urged them to demonstrate in the pedestrian area of Trafalgar Square, saying: "Protest lawfully or go home."
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Meanwhile in Ireland, Extinction Rebellion protesters have glued themselves to the door of Red Flag Consulting's office in Dublin.
Protesters have accused Red Flag of supporting environmentally “harmful” campaigns.
"Red Flag's Dublin office has been associated with numerous harmful campaigns including: supporting glyphosate (hired by Monsanto, possibly other of their confirmed clients like Barclays which is a Dublin-based supplier of glyphosate) use via grassroots organisations,” the group said.
"They have recently been hired by several agri org's (inc Bord Bia) to promote Ireland's meat and dairy industry as sustainable."
The protest is peaceful and has not been moved on by police.
Dozens of activists" glued on" at airport lounge and train station
Dozens of protesters are currently glued on inside the airport lounge at London City airport and at the entrance to the nearby DLR station, Extinction Rebellion says. It claims no trains are currently stopping at the station.
Our reporter at the scene, Colin Drury, says that there appears to be no new activists joining the protest after trains stopped running to the station. A number of activists heading to the airport have allegedly been forced to turn back.
An Extinction Rebellion poster has been hung up which reads: "Our fragile planet is dying"
London City Airport says it is working closely with Met Police
Airport authorities have confirmed they are working with the Metropolitan Police to deal with the protesters.
A London City Airport spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a number of protesters have arrived at London City Airport. We continue to work closely with the Metropolitan Police to ensure the safe operation of the airport, which remains fully open and operational.
If you are flying from London City today, please check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport.”
'If grown ups don’t do something the world is going to go boom and explode'
Our reporter at the scene, Colin Drury, has spoken to some of the Extinction Rebellions protesters at London City Airport today.
India and Zavier Drake are with their with mother Kelly. Aged nine and four, they are perhaps the youngest protestors at LCA today. Why are they here? “Because I’m worried,” says India. “If grown ups don’t do something the world is going to go boom and explode.”
Protesters have wandered to the main road entrance outside the airport and are now sitting down blocking all vehicle access, according to our reporter at the scene Colin Drury. Police are kettling protesters in response.
Red Rebels do synchronised 'air traffic controller' dance
It wouldn't be an Extinction Rebellion protest without the Red Rebels, a group of silent protesters dressed in blood red costumes with white painted faces. And today it looks like they have made an appearance at the airport - this time dressed as air traffic controllers.