Nine Black Lives Matter protesters “locked themselves together” on the runway at London City Airport, forcing officials to delay all incoming and departing flights Tuesday morning.
Black Lives Matter UK (BLMUK) claimed responsibility for the disruption with a series of tweets. The group claims “black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis.”
The group said the United Kingdom is the “biggest per-capita contributor to temperature change,” which will create “200 million climate refugees” by 2050.
BLMUK further said just a “small elite” is able to fly, while thousands of refugees die or go missing in the Mediterranean Sea.
London City Airport is one of the smaller airports in London, serving far fewer people than Heathrow Airport and Gatwick Airport. Scotland Yard officers responded to the scene to unlock the protesters. The airport hopes to resume flights as soon as possible.
It is unclear how the protesters managed to gain access to runway. Authorities suspect they crossed the adjacent River Thames and climbed fences to get into the airport. No suspects have been arrested.
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