Extinction Rebellion sit-in shuts down a Burger King in London

Extinction Rebellion sit-in shuts down a Burger King in London

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Extinction Rebellion protesters shut down a Burger King in central London last night after a security shambles at City Airport dominated day four of the climate demonstrations. 

Eco-activists forced the fast-food chain to shut its doors by staging a sit-in in Leicester Square while chanting a protest song with a call to ‘shut this system down’. 

One man with a megaphone railed against deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, while another held up a sign saying: ‘RIP 10 million pigs’. 

Footage of the protest was circulated on social media on Thursday night with the caption: ‘They closed the whole Burger King down’. 

Other protesters gathered on Lambeth Bridge last night with a banner demanding ‘Tell The Truth’, watched by police officers on motorcycles. 

A Scotland Yard spokesman said late last night that 1,112 people had been arrested over the four days of protests, which are set to continue today. 

Meanwhile there were questions asked at City Airport after a protester climbed on top of a British Airways plane and glued himself down while another plane was forced to turn around on the tarmac. 

James Brown, a partially-sighted Irish cyclist who was banned from athletics in 2016 for a doping violation, was able to circumvent security at London City Airport by buying a boarding pass. 

That allowed him to get through the relevant security checks that are prevalent at any UK airport and board a flight he had no intention of taking.

Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick slammed Brown saying it was a ‘stupid and dangerous thing to do’ adding that there will now be a full security review into the incident.  

Protesters outside Burger King in Leicester Square in central London last night

Protesters outside Burger King in Leicester Square in central London last night

Protesters outside Burger King in Leicester Square in central London last night

Protesters outside Burger King in Leicester Square in central London last night

Chaos at Burger King: Extinction Rebellion protesters force a fast-food restaurant to shut its doors by staging a sit-in and waving placards in Leicester Square in central London last night 

Protesters holding a banner reading 'Tell the truth' are watched by a police officer on a motorcycle in Vauxhall last night

Protesters holding a banner reading 'Tell the truth' are watched by a police officer on a motorcycle in Vauxhall last night

Protesters holding a banner reading ‘Tell the truth’ are watched by a police officer on a motorcycle in Vauxhall last night

Protesters block the entrance to London City Airport from the Docklands Light Railway station during Thursday's protests

Protesters block the entrance to London City Airport from the Docklands Light Railway station during Thursday's protests

Protesters block the entrance to London City Airport from the Docklands Light Railway station during Thursday’s protests

Extinction Rebellion activist James Brown sits on top of the roof of a British Airways plane at London City Airport yesterday

Extinction Rebellion activist James Brown sits on top of the roof of a British Airways plane at London City Airport yesterday

Extinction Rebellion activist James Brown sits on top of the roof of a British Airways plane at London City Airport yesterday

James Brown is seen clinging to the fuselage of the plane at City Airport in a video streamed online by the protest group

James Brown is seen clinging to the fuselage of the plane at City Airport in a video streamed online by the protest group

James Brown is seen clinging to the fuselage of the plane at City Airport in a video streamed online by the protest group

James Brown

James Brown

James Brown

James Brown

The man on top of the British Airways plane at City Airport was identified by Extinction Rebellion as cyclist James Brown

The Paralympian took part in the stunt yesterday, one month after being arrested for allegedly flying a drone over Heathrow

The Paralympian took part in the stunt yesterday, one month after being arrested for allegedly flying a drone over Heathrow

The Paralympian took part in the stunt yesterday, one month after being arrested for allegedly flying a drone over Heathrow

The man on top of the British Airways plane scheduled to fly to Amsterdam is James Brown, a partially-sighted cyclist

The man on top of the British Airways plane scheduled to fly to Amsterdam is James Brown, a partially-sighted cyclist

The man on top of the British Airways plane scheduled to fly to Amsterdam is James Brown, a partially-sighted cyclist

Police officers search an Extinction Rebellion protester after he was removed from on top of a British Airways plane at London City Airport

Police officers search an Extinction Rebellion protester after he was removed from on top of a British Airways plane at London City Airport

Police officers search an Extinction Rebellion protester after he was removed from on top of a British Airways plane at London City Airport

Extinction Rebellion money men revealed 

A UK billionaire worth £1.2billion and rock band Radiohead are among the major donors ploughing money into Extinction Rebellion.

Sir Christopher Hohn, one of the richest men in the UK, has given a hefty £50,000 to the environmental group.

Sir Hohn told The Daily Telegraph: ‘I am a personal funder of Extinction Rebellion. 

‘I recently gave them £50,000 because humanity is aggressively destroying the world with climate change and there is an urgent need for us all to wake up to this fact.’ 

The charity he co-founded, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), is thought to have given a further £150,000 to the climate activist group.

Sir Christopher Hohn

Sir Christopher Hohn

Sir Christopher Hohn

It is claimed none of the money he donated went towards the group’s acts of civil disobedience.

His hedge fund, named the Children’s Investment Fund, used to own a two per cent stake in Coal India, a state-backed company based in Kolkata. The stake was sold in 2014.

The firm extracted more than 400 million tonnes of coal from the ground in the year of the sale.

Andrew Medway, a former bank trader who organises the group’s donations, said more than half of the donations have been raised online and more than 6,000 people have donated more than £600,000 this week. 

Other high profile donors include rock band Radiohead, which has already given £250,000, and Joe Corré, the founder of lingerie firm Agent Provocateur founder and son of Dame Vivienne Westwood, who has donated £50,000.

US organisation Climate Emergency Fund, which is mainly financed by Aileen Getty, 62, the granddaughter of J Paul Getty, once the world’s richest man, has given £330,000 to the protestors.

Brown was being helped onto the plane by staff, before breaking free and apparently managing to shin up the side of the fuselage and onto the roof.

He admitted he was ‘s***ing myself’ while filming a video in the wind from on top of the Embraer 190 plane bound for Amsterdam as the activists began three days of action at London City Airport. 

The Commissioner said: ‘My early understanding is somebody has been arrested after they presumably bought a ticket, went through security perfectly normally, went up the steps of a plane and hurled themselves on top of a plane.

‘Actually, that was a reckless, stupid and dangerous thing to do for all concerned. But I think you can see that is quite a hard thing to predict or stop from happening.

‘We will do a full review of the security there, of course we will.

‘These protesters have shown they are determined to go where they can, when they can, occupy what they can and disrupt whoever they can, frankly.’  

Dame Cressida also criticised Extinction Rebellion for diverting resources away from officers usually dedicated to tackling knife crime or safeguarding children.

‘We are already taking people away from keeping people safe in local areas and putting them into central London, particularly, more than in the last five years,’ she said.

‘We have the skills, the leadership and fantastic officers to continue to do that, but of course it takes its toll.’

Addressing Extinction Rebellion activists, she said: ‘Protest lawfully or go home. You have caused disruption to many people and caused misery to some people’s lives.

‘We have cleared you away again and again, and now secured the sites you really wanted to occupy. You have a place to protest. Go and protest there.’

Brown, a London 2012 bronze medallist, was arrested just last month over a foiled plot to fly drones over Heathrow to shut it down – and questions will now be asked over how he managed to get through security checks on Thursday. 

In a dramatic Facebook Live video filmed from on top of the plane yesterdayafternoon, watched by more than 5,000 people, Brown said: ‘OK, here I am, on top of a f***ing aeroplane at City Airport. I hate heights, I’m s***ing myself.

‘I managed to get on the roof. Oh man, I’m so shaky. I hope this is going out live. So this is all about the climate and ecological crisis. We’re protesting against Government inaction on climate and ecological breakdown.’

Emergency service workers used a cherry picker to eventually release him from top of the plane, while an orange blanket was placed over him to protect him from the cold. He was eventually brought down shortly after 2pm. 

Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said the two cancelled flights were BA8453 to Amsterdam, where James Brown climbed on top of the aircraft and was removed, and BA4472, due to a knock-on crew shortage. 

He said: ‘The airport has remained fully operational throughout the day and has run an almost complete schedule of flights, with just two flights cancelled as a result of the protest activity.

‘We want to thank all our passengers today for their patience, and the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police for their support and professionalism.

‘If you are flying from London City Airport, please do check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling to the airport.’

At City Airport, activists also blocked the roads into the site, shut down its Docklands Light Railway station and stopped an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin taking off as they unleashed a three-day Hong Kong-style protest.

Extinction Rebellion spokesperson Rupert Read said: ‘By non-violently shutting down this airport, in homage to the style of the Hong Kong democracy protesters, we are demonstrating the utter frailty of the transport systems that countries such as ours, unwisely, have come to depend upon.’ 

Police confirmed more than 1,000 people have been arrested in the XR protests since Monday including 50 at the airport, with 29 charged with offences including obstructing a highway and knowingly failing to comply with a Section 14 Public Order Act condition.

Fire crews cover the man in a sheet before removing him from the British Airways plane at London City Airport

Fire crews cover the man in a sheet before removing him from the British Airways plane at London City Airport

Fire crews cover the man in a sheet before removing him from the British Airways plane at London City Airport

Emergency services use a cherry picker to try to remove an Extinction Rebellion protester on top of the BA plane

Emergency services use a cherry picker to try to remove an Extinction Rebellion protester on top of the BA plane

Emergency services use a cherry picker to try to remove an Extinction Rebellion protester on top of the BA plane

Dame Cressida insisted yesterday that Scotland Yard does have enough cells to hold and process all of the people who have been arrested.

She said her officers are working 12-hour shifts to staff the ‘huge operation’, supported by hundreds of colleagues from police forces across the country.

‘It adds up to an enormous number of people who are working very hard to keep our streets moving and to keep us safe from the protests,’ she said.

‘Responding to emergency calls is going well only because Met officers are working extremely hard.

‘We have had to clear people from 12 sites. Protesters were determined to take over and occupy important arterial roads in London, and stay occupied for a two-week period. It is utterly irresponsible and completely unreasonable.

‘We have cleared those sites, we have secured those sites. We need to keep police officers at those sites to make sure they don’t come back.’

Police are working to clear a camp in St James’ Park, with Trafalgar Square the only other site still occupied in central London.   

Brown is a partially-sighted former Irish Paralympian cyclist who was banned from athletics in 2016 for a doping violation

Brown is a partially-sighted former Irish Paralympian cyclist who was banned from athletics in 2016 for a doping violation

Brown is a partially-sighted former Irish Paralympian cyclist who was banned from athletics in 2016 for a doping violation

Fire crews put a sheet over Brown as they try to get him down from the British Airways plane at City Airport

Fire crews put a sheet over Brown as they try to get him down from the British Airways plane at City Airport

Fire crews put a sheet over Brown as they try to get him down from the British Airways plane at City Airport

The man on the BA plane at City Airport has been identified by Extinction Rebellion as former Paralympic cyclist James Brown

The man on the BA plane at City Airport has been identified by Extinction Rebellion as former Paralympic cyclist James Brown

The man on the BA plane at City Airport has been identified by Extinction Rebellion as former Paralympic cyclist James Brown

Police officers search the Extinction Rebellion protester after he was removed from on top of a British Airways plane

Police officers search the Extinction Rebellion protester after he was removed from on top of a British Airways plane

Police officers search the Extinction Rebellion protester after he was removed from on top of a British Airways plane

Police officers speak to Brown after the emergency services got him down from the BA plane at London City Airport

Police officers speak to Brown after the emergency services got him down from the BA plane at London City Airport

Police officers speak to Brown after the emergency services got him down from the BA plane at London City Airport

Mr Brown is taken away in the grey police van having managed get on top of the British Airways plane at the airport

Mr Brown is taken away in the grey police van having managed get on top of the British Airways plane at the airport

Mr Brown is taken away in the grey police van having managed get on top of the British Airways plane at the airport

BA insisted officials were ‘investigating what’s happened as a matter of urgency’ and said staff were re-booking affected customers onto alternative flights to Amsterdam to get them to their destinations as quickly as possible.    

Brown was said to have been given ‘special assistance’ by BA staff at the gate. He had a flight ticket and seat and had checked in, but arrived several hours before his scheduled lunchtime flight and was later joined by a woman.

One BA source said: ‘Staff felt sorry for him as he was clearly partially sighted and was having trouble reading his mobile phone as he sat in the waiting area. He had the phone right up to his face and head sideways.

‘We felt sorry for him. He was given assistance as is the norm for those who may have difficulties boarding. A woman then joined him and walked alongside him. Somehow, he managed to get on top of the plane.’

James Brown is pictured with his bronze medal after the men's individual B time trial at the London 2012 Paralympics

James Brown is pictured with his bronze medal after the men's individual B time trial at the London 2012 Paralympics

James Brown is pictured with his bronze medal after the men’s individual B time trial at the London 2012 Paralympics

The source added that Brown ‘may have been given a leg-up as it isn’t easy’. He said both Brown, who was on top of the plane for more than an hour, and his accomplice were arrested.

Brown had been helped up the stairway to the plane by contract staff called by British Airways ground staff at gate 7. 

They walked him up the stairs, guiding him to the doorway. The Paralympian then jumped onto the handrail and clambered onto the top of the aircraft himself to begin his protest. 

Yesterday morning, a protester forced the Aer Lingus flight to Dublin to turn around on the runway as he stood up and roamed the cabin while giving a lecture on climate change just before take-off. Angry passengers urged cabin crew to ‘do us all a favour and remove him from the plane’, with others telling him: ‘You need to sit down.’

The security breach comes as passengers arriving for flights had to show their boarding cards before entering the terminal, after XR protesters declared they would occupy and shut down the airport in East London.

Witnesses reported ‘an extraordinary number of police officers’ at the terminal as demonstrators try to emulate protesters who cancelled more than 1,000 flights as they condemned police brutality in Hong Kong.

Viewers of a video of the incident said it could have been worse, with one tweeting: ‘This is a major breach of airport security. Lucky he was only an eco-preacher not a terrorist. Things would have been very different.’  

Police had arrested 12 people with the demonstration just 30 minutes old after it began at 9am yesterday, as video footage showed people involved in the ‘Fly Today, No Tomorrow’ protest being dragged away by officers.

Around 150 protesters were sitting in the road outside the terminal by lunchtime – chanting and blocking all traffic in and out of the airport, as police moved in to arrest them one by one for alleged public order fences. 

An activist, dressed in a suit, gestures after scaling the roof above the entrance to London City Airport yesterday morning

An activist, dressed in a suit, gestures after scaling the roof above the entrance to London City Airport yesterday morning

An activist, dressed in a suit, gestures after scaling the roof above the entrance to London City Airport yesterday morning

Extinction Rebellion protesters with bicycles block a roundabout near London City Airport during the demonstration

Extinction Rebellion protesters with bicycles block a roundabout near London City Airport during the demonstration

Extinction Rebellion protesters with bicycles block a roundabout near London City Airport during the demonstration

Police officers arrest an activist at London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations by the group

Police officers arrest an activist at London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations by the group

Police officers arrest an activist at London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations by the group

Police officers stand guard as Extinction Rebellion demonstrators block an entrance at City Airport in London

Police officers stand guard as Extinction Rebellion demonstrators block an entrance at City Airport in London

Police officers stand guard as Extinction Rebellion demonstrators block an entrance at City Airport in London

Extinction Rebellion protesters with bikes block a roundabout during a demonstration near London City Airport

Extinction Rebellion protesters with bikes block a roundabout during a demonstration near London City Airport

Extinction Rebellion protesters with bikes block a roundabout during a demonstration near London City Airport

A protester is removed by police as climate change action group Extinction Rebellion stage a protest at City Airport

A protester is removed by police as climate change action group Extinction Rebellion stage a protest at City Airport

A protester is removed by police as climate change action group Extinction Rebellion stage a protest at City Airport

: A protester is removed by police during the Extinction Rebellion demonstration at London City Airport this afternoon

: A protester is removed by police during the Extinction Rebellion demonstration at London City Airport this afternoon

: A protester is removed by police during the Extinction Rebellion demonstration at London City Airport this afternoon

Police officers cut the locks of Extinction Rebellion protesters during a demonstration near London City Airport

Police officers cut the locks of Extinction Rebellion protesters during a demonstration near London City Airport

Police officers cut the locks of Extinction Rebellion protesters during a demonstration near London City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a 'Hong Kong style' blockage at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a 'Hong Kong style' blockage at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a ‘Hong Kong style’ blockage at City Airport

A police officer checks on an Extinction Rebellion protester with bikes as they block a roundabout at City Airport

A police officer checks on an Extinction Rebellion protester with bikes as they block a roundabout at City Airport

A police officer checks on an Extinction Rebellion protester with bikes as they block a roundabout at City Airport 

A protester is removed by police as climate change action group Extinction Rebellion stage a protest at City Airport

A protester is removed by police as climate change action group Extinction Rebellion stage a protest at City Airport

A protester is removed by police as climate change action group Extinction Rebellion stage a protest at City Airport

Extinction Rebellion activists block the roundabout at the entrance to London City Airport this afternoon

Extinction Rebellion activists block the roundabout at the entrance to London City Airport this afternoon

Extinction Rebellion activists block the roundabout at the entrance to London City Airport this afternoon

Police officers arrest an activist at London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations by the group

Police officers arrest an activist at London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations by the group

Police officers arrest an activist at London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations by the group

Extinction Rebellion activists block the roundabout at the entrance to City Airport by gluing themselves to their bikes

Extinction Rebellion activists block the roundabout at the entrance to City Airport by gluing themselves to their bikes

Extinction Rebellion activists block the roundabout at the entrance to City Airport by gluing themselves to their bikes

A police officer sits next to an Extinction Rebellion activist who block a roundabout at City Airport this afternoon

A police officer sits next to an Extinction Rebellion activist who block a roundabout at City Airport this afternoon

A police officer sits next to an Extinction Rebellion activist who block a roundabout at City Airport this afternoon

Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters sing as they block a road outside City Airport in London this afternoon

Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters sing as they block a road outside City Airport in London this afternoon

Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters sing as they block a road outside City Airport in London this afternoon

Extinction Rebellion activists block the roundabout at the entrance to London City Airport this afternoon

Extinction Rebellion activists block the roundabout at the entrance to London City Airport this afternoon

Extinction Rebellion activists block the roundabout at the entrance to London City Airport this afternoon

Conservative MP David Davies told MailOnline he was ‘deeply concerned’ by Extinction Rebellion, adding: ‘We are allowing a few thousand people to dictate terms to us. They are holding a major capital city to ransom.’ 

The pilot on the Aer Lingus flight was told about the on-board protest at the end of the runway, and the plane then had to turn around and taxi back along to the terminal before the man was arrested by police who came on board.

The pilot then told passengers that the plane ironically had to take on board more fuel to replace what was used up during the protest. Passengers applauded the crew after the pilot praised how they handled the situation.

The man holding up the Aer Lingus flight, which later took off with a delay, calmly told fellow passengers: ‘I don’t wish to travel but I don’t wish to get off. I’m sorry, I’m very sorry, I’m extremely sorry for the inconvenience.’

As others asked ‘How long are you going to be?’ and told him to ‘sit down’, he added: ‘Today there’s a protest at this airport. We have two generations of human civilisation left if we carry on doing what you’re doing.’

An Extinction Rebellion protester got on board a plane a London City Airport as the demonstrations continued

An Extinction Rebellion protester got on board a plane a London City Airport as the demonstrations continued

An Extinction Rebellion protester got on board a plane a London City Airport as the demonstrations continued

Passengers on board the flight urged cabin crew to 'do us all a favour and remove him from the plane'

Passengers on board the flight urged cabin crew to 'do us all a favour and remove him from the plane'

The man was on an Aer Lingus flight from London City to Dublin

The man was on an Aer Lingus flight from London City to Dublin

Passengers on board the Aer Lingus flight to Dublin urged cabin crew to ‘do us all a favour and remove him from the plane’

The man is spoken to by cabin crew staff

The man is spoken to by cabin crew staff

Passengers are taken off the Aer Lingus flight before being allowed back on

Passengers are taken off the Aer Lingus flight before being allowed back on

The man is spoken to by cabin crew on board the Aer Lingus flight before passengers were taken off then allowed back on

A demonstrator wearing an Extinction Rebellion tie is removed by police officers at London City Airport

A demonstrator wearing an Extinction Rebellion tie is removed by police officers at London City Airport

A demonstrator wearing an Extinction Rebellion tie is removed by police officers at London City Airport 

An Extinction Rebellion protesters smiles as he is arrested and led away by police at London City Airport

An Extinction Rebellion protesters smiles as he is arrested and led away by police at London City Airport

An Extinction Rebellion protesters smiles as he is arrested and led away by police at London City Airport 

Police officers detain Extinction Rebellion protester during the demonstration at London City Airport

Police officers detain Extinction Rebellion protester during the demonstration at London City Airport

Police officers detain Extinction Rebellion protester during the demonstration at London City Airport 

Police officers carry away an Extinction Rebellion protester during the demonstration at London City Airport yesterday

Police officers carry away an Extinction Rebellion protester during the demonstration at London City Airport yesterday

Police officers carry away an Extinction Rebellion protester during the demonstration at London City Airport yesterday

Reaction to City Airport protest

Reaction to City Airport protest

Reaction to City Airport protest

Reaction to City Airport protest

Viewers of a video of the Aer Lingus incident said it could have been far more serious, with one tweeting: ‘This is a major breach of airport security. Lucky he was only an eco-preacher not a terrorist. Things would have been very different’

Protesters were arrested while trying to enter the terminal, which was heavily surrounded by police. Many of the arrested were elderly who smiled as they were led away and sat on the pavement before being removed in vans.

BBC Newsnight political editor Nicholas Watt said he was on board the Aer Lingus flight involved, tweeting: ‘My flight from London City airport to Dublin has just been grounded by a climate change protester.

‘On runway and about to take off when smartly dressed man in late middle age stood up with iPhone to deliver lecture on climate change. Cabin crew calmy and very politely asked protester to resume his seat.

‘Politely but persistently he declined and proceeded to deliver his lecture on climate change in aisle. Some passengers annoyed, others listened to lecture with humour as cabin crew alerted pilot.’

An Aer Lingus spokesman said: ‘Aer Lingus can confirm that a passenger scheduled to travel on EI283 flight from London City to Dublin airport was removed from the flight due to disruptive behaviour on board. 

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a 'Hong Kong style' blockage at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a 'Hong Kong style' blockage at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a ‘Hong Kong style’ blockage at City Airport 

An Extinction Rebellion protester stands on the top of the roof during a demonstration at London City Airport

An Extinction Rebellion protester stands on the top of the roof during a demonstration at London City Airport

An Extinction Rebellion protester stands on the top of the roof during a demonstration at London City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists stage an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists stage an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists stage an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest at City Airport

Passengers make their way past Extinction Rebellion demonstrators and police officers at City Airport in London

Passengers make their way past Extinction Rebellion demonstrators and police officers at City Airport in London

Passengers make their way past Extinction Rebellion demonstrators and police officers at City Airport in London

Police officers watch as an activist scales the roof above the entrance to London City Airport

Police officers watch as an activist scales the roof above the entrance to London City Airport

Police officers watch as an activist scales the roof above the entrance to London City Airport 

A man dressed in a suit is led away by police after they arrested him at London City Airport

A man dressed in a suit is led away by police after they arrested him at London City Airport

A man dressed in a suit is led away by police after they arrested him at London City Airport 

A man is escorted by police officers from the Docklands Light Railway station at London City Airport yesterday

A man is escorted by police officers from the Docklands Light Railway station at London City Airport yesterday

A man is escorted by police officers from the Docklands Light Railway station at London City Airport yesterday

Police officers detain an Extinction Rebellion protester during a demonstration at London City Airport yesterday

Police officers detain an Extinction Rebellion protester during a demonstration at London City Airport yesterday

Police officers detain an Extinction Rebellion protester during a demonstration at London City Airport yesterday

‘The safety and security of our guests and crew is our number one priority and as a result, a full security check of the aircraft was completed prior to the flight departing.

Grandfather-of-four, 83, arrested for NINTH time in an XR protest

Police arrested a veteran 83-year-old environmental campaigner yesterday for the third time in just a week – and the ninth time in the last year.

Retired probation officer Phil Kingston, from Bristol, said before his arrest that he was joining the Extinction Rebellion climate change protest at London City Airport for his four grandchildren and ‘all of their generation’.

Phil Kingston said he is taking part in the protest at City Airport for his four grandchildren and 'all of their generation'

Phil Kingston said he is taking part in the protest at City Airport for his four grandchildren and 'all of their generation'

Phil Kingston said he is taking part in the protest at City Airport for his four grandchildren and ‘all of their generation’

Mr Kingston said it was the ninth time he had been arrested with XR within the past year, and joked with LBC radio that he had been ‘just going to get a plane’ before he was dragged outside. He added: ‘I’m very happy to be here.’

It comes after Mr Kingston was arrested on Monday for spraying the words ‘Life not death for my grandchildren’ on the walls of the Treasury in Westminster, and last Thursday for spraying fake blood on the same building.

Mr Kingston is dragged away from London City Airport

Mr Kingston is dragged away from London City Airport

Mr Kingston is dragged away from London City Airport

Asked why he was at the protest, Mr Kingston said: ‘My grandchildren and all of their generation. I’m mostly here for the poorest peoples, who have done the least to cause climate breakdown and are suffering the most.

‘(They) are predicted to suffer dreadfully in the coming years, as eventually we all will, unless we do the most enormous turnaround which I don’t even know if that’s possible now.

Police also arrested campaigner Mr Kingston on Monday for a spray paint protest at the Treasury building in Westminster

Police also arrested campaigner Mr Kingston on Monday for a spray paint protest at the Treasury building in Westminster

Police also arrested campaigner Mr Kingston on Monday for a spray paint protest at the Treasury building in Westminster

‘But if it isn’t possible, then I am here to help us tell the truth and prepare for what we need to prepare together. Lastly, I’m a Christian. This lovely creation is God’s creation, and for us to be destroying it, it’s is an affront.

Mr Kingston, a retired Bristol University social work lecturer who is now a regular at major XR protests, added: ‘The God of love has given us all this, and we are just misusing it hopelessly. So that’s why I’m here.’

Police arrest Mr Kingston outside the Treasury building last Thursday after protesters sprayed fake blood on it

Police arrest Mr Kingston outside the Treasury building last Thursday after protesters sprayed fake blood on it

Police arrest Mr Kingston outside the Treasury building last Thursday after protesters sprayed fake blood on it

‘The flight departed at 11.16am and arrived in Dublin at 12.33pm. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.’

At the terminal, Victoria Bamford, 71, of Wales, chatted happily and smiled with officers as she waited to be put into a van. She said: ‘I have been arrested before. It’s nothing new to me. It’s for all the children of the world.’

Another arrested woman was Ruth Collins, 80, of South Wales, who said: ‘Airports are a major contribution to Co2 omissions and they need to be shut down. I am OK with being arrested. I am a bit shaken. But it is worth it.’

Around 30 protesters sang songs supported by a trumpeter in front of the terminal and raised an XR flag. One managed to climb onto the terminal roof, sang songs and was cheered by his fellow demonstrators.

The activists are highlighting what they claim is the ‘incompatibility’ of the East London airport’s planned expansion with meeting the Government’s legally binding commitment to go net carbon neutral by 2050.

Police made several arrests as the group sat and chanted ‘Fly today, gone tomorrow’ in unison during the action, which included some people gluing themselves to the floor.

Those arriving for flights were redirected to a second terminal entrance by security workers and were not allowed to enter the building without showing their boarding cards first.

One of XR’s ringleaders Dr Vishal Chauhan, who gave up his job at a South London hospital to join XR, was arrested for allegedly obstructing the public highway. 

He apologised to the arresting officer for ‘inconveniencing’ him as he was led away, and told MailOnline: ‘Being arrested is a little price to pay against the enormous challenge of saving the planet.’ 

Olympic gold medalist Etienne Stott was also arrested near City Airport. The canoeist, who won gold at London 2012, had hinted before XR launched their fortnight of campaigning that he was willing to be detained by police.

He had said being arrested for civil disobedience was ‘one of the most powerful things you can do.’ In an ITV interview he said: ‘I have not quite decided and the police will probably find out at some point.

‘But I actually believe it is one of the most powerful things an individual can do to show people, ‘I’m just a normal person, I’m a good person, I am prepared to do this because I believe it is so important. And this is perhaps the only way we can actually get people to listen. It is absolutely the sensible and responsible thing to be doing.’

Thursday’s arrest was the second time he had been arrested while campaigning with ER. He was detained at a protest in April.

An activist who gave her name as Claire, 51, said: ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen over the next few hours, but I do know that a number of people have come here, City Airport, today to make the statement that there are many areas of our lives that are going to have to change because of the climate crisis we’ve created, and one of them is flying. ‘We can’t carry on with life, with business as usual,’ she said.

Claire said she had not made up her mind about whether she would allow herself to be arrested, but was later led away by police officers. 

In Westminster, tents and protesters had been cleared away from the roads leading into Parliament Square. 

But the streets around Parliament and Whitehall remained closed to traffic, apart from cyclists, amid a heavy police presence in the area.

At Trafalgar Square, tents, banners with messages such as ‘This is change’ and a hearse still blocked the roads, and a protest camp occupied the pedestrian area of the square.

Mr Davies told MailOnline: ‘I am deeply concerned by this organisation, that appears to be in favour of banning all flying, driving, meat-eating and industrial production within the next five years – something that would have a devastating impact on jobs and the economy and reduce us to a pre-industrial standard of living.

‘It seems to be spearheaded by affluent well-to-do people who have enjoyed the benefits of western civilisation and are now trying to impose their misguided views on everyone else through blackmail and mass inconvenience to hard-working people. I think there needs to be much tougher action taken against them.’

Mr Davies said he wanted new rules on protesters using vehicles as part of stunts, and more targeted arrests.

‘We need to get a bit cleverer about this. We are allowing a few thousand people to dictate terms to us. What they are asking for is ludicrous. They are holding a major capital city to ransom at the moment,’ he added.

Police officers react as an activist, dressed in a suit, scales the roof above the entrance to London City Airport

Police officers react as an activist, dressed in a suit, scales the roof above the entrance to London City Airport

Police officers react as an activist, dressed in a suit, scales the roof above the entrance to London City Airport 

Extinction Rebellion protesters with bicycles block a roundabout during a demonstration near London City Airport

Extinction Rebellion protesters with bicycles block a roundabout during a demonstration near London City Airport

Extinction Rebellion protesters with bicycles block a roundabout during a demonstration near London City Airport

Two people stand on roof above the entrance to London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations

Two people stand on roof above the entrance to London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations

Two people stand on roof above the entrance to London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a 'Hong Kong style' blockage at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a 'Hong Kong style' blockage at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a ‘Hong Kong style’ blockage at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a 'Hong Kong style' blockage at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a 'Hong Kong style' blockage at City Airport

A man is removed by police officers after activists staged a ‘Hong Kong style’ blockage at City Airport

Police carry away an Extinction Rebellion protester involved in the demonstration at London City Airport

Police carry away an Extinction Rebellion protester involved in the demonstration at London City Airport

Police carry away an Extinction Rebellion protester involved in the demonstration at London City Airport 

Police officers try to free a man who has glued himself to the pavement outside City Airport in London

Police officers try to free a man who has glued himself to the pavement outside City Airport in London

Police officers try to free a man who has glued himself to the pavement outside City Airport in London 

Activists, dressed in a suits, scale the roof above the entrance to London City Airport during the protests

Activists, dressed in a suits, scale the roof above the entrance to London City Airport during the protests

Activists, dressed in a suits, scale the roof above the entrance to London City Airport during the protests

Security staff try to get a man down from a shelter during the Extinction Rebellion protest at London City Airport

Security staff try to get a man down from a shelter during the Extinction Rebellion protest at London City Airport

Security staff try to get a man down from a shelter during the Extinction Rebellion protest at London City Airport

Activists blockade the Docklands Light Rail station at London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations

Activists blockade the Docklands Light Rail station at London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations

Activists blockade the Docklands Light Rail station at London City Airport during the fourth day of demonstrations

Police officers guard the entrance to London City Airport yesterday morning as Extinction Rebellion activists demonstrate

Police officers guard the entrance to London City Airport yesterday morning as Extinction Rebellion activists demonstrate

Police officers guard the entrance to London City Airport yesterday morning as Extinction Rebellion activists demonstrate

Police officers detain veteran protester Phil Kingston during the demonstration at London City Airport

Police officers detain veteran protester Phil Kingston during the demonstration at London City Airport

Police officers detain veteran protester Phil Kingston during the demonstration at London City Airport 

Activists hold a sit-in outside the Docklands Light Rail station at London City Airport during the demonstrations

Activists hold a sit-in outside the Docklands Light Rail station at London City Airport during the demonstrations

Activists hold a sit-in outside the Docklands Light Rail station at London City Airport during the demonstrations

Meanwhile Scotland Yard said they are unable to confirm how many demonstrators are being held in cells across the capital. 

Who has been charged in relation to the protests? 

There have been 842 arrests in connection with the ongoing Extinction Rebellion protests across London. 

Some 29 individuals have been charged with various offences including ‘knowingly failing to comply with a condition imposed under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986’, and obstructing a highway.

Appearing today at Westminster Magistrates’ Court were:

  • Angela Zelter, 68, Powys
  • Jane Gregory, address unknown
  • Vicky Hargreaves, 47, address unknown
  • Blythe Pepino, 33, address unknown
  • Sarah Benn, 52, Birmingham
  • Joshua Hallam, 34, address unknown
  • Hamish Haynes, 45, Stalybridge

The majority of the following individuals will be appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court between November 5 and November 7:

  • Jeffrey Brewster, 60, address unknown
  • Sue Parfitt, address unknown
  • Peter Bailey, address unknown
  • David Buchan, 37, address unknown
  • Cameron Walker, 20, address unknown
  • Theresa Persighetti, Waltham Forest
  • Cian Daglish, 27, Northwich
  • Matthew Tulley, address unknown
  • Francis McArthur, 55, Trafford
  • Julie Hotchkiss, 58, Wigan
  • Susan Sidey, 64, Bath
  • Ian Coatman, 59, Horsforth
  • David Barnes, 37, Leeds
  • Anton Gijsen, 32, London
  • Hugh Coakley, 65, Guildford
  • David Hall, 66, Frome
  • Helen Miller, 42, Southampton

Five individuals have been charged but have refused to provide police with their name. Those arrested but not charged have been released under investigation.

Metropolitan Police deputy assistant commissioner Laurence Taylor said: ‘Our policing plan is aimed at preventing criminal activity which poses a significant safety and security risk to the airport, and the thousands of passengers using it. We are determined to deal with protestors robustly but proportionately. 

‘Targeting an airport and inconveniencing travellers in this way is wholly unacceptable and irresponsible.

‘The consequences of committing offences at airports are serious; individuals breaking the law are being, and will continue to be, arrested and prosecuted where appropriate.’

Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook spoke outside the airport terminal on Thursday afternoon as the number of protesters that remained at the site dwindled.

Speaking to PA news agency about the success of the demonstration, she said: ‘I think the most important thing is that we are alerting the British people to the crisis that we’re in and the threat to all the forms of business-as-usual.

‘We’ve had a lot of press here to talk about these issues and that is what our intention is.’

Asked whether the remaining protesters should go home, she said: ‘I don’t know, I think we’ve made our point, but I’m not making that decision for other people.’ 

The Prime Minister’s father Stanley Johnson has backed the tactics of the protesters. Mr Johnson Snr was asked if he supports the demonstrators occupying streets and their plans to chain themselves to parts of the airport.

‘I think we’ve got to take a fairly relaxed view on this,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. ‘I don’t think many of them are breaking the law. I believe that they are wedded to non-violence, to peaceful protest.’

He insisted that the crisis is one thing that unites the family, whose views over Brexit range wildly. ‘If there’s an issue that does unite us, I would say it’s this environmental issue, climate change,’ Mr Johnson said. 

Later, Extinction Rebellion founder co-founder Gail Bradbrook said: ‘I think the most important thing is that we are alerting the British people to the crisis that we’re in and the threat to all the forms of business-as-usual.

‘We’ve had a lot of press here to talk about these issues and that is what our intention is.’

Asked whether the remaining protesters should go home, she said: ‘I don’t know, I think we’ve made our point, but I’m not making that decision for other people.’ 

In the early hours, dance music duo Orbital had played a DJ set to crowds of flag-waving environmentalists in Trafalgar Square amid claims that police were running out of cells in which to hold those they had detained since Monday.  

The Met Police told MailOnline yesterday morning that this is ‘not accurate’ but was unable to say how many of the 800 arrested were still detained. A spokesman for the force said: ‘The Met has not reached cell capacity.’

Police officers arrest an Extinction Rebellion climate change activist during a demonstration at London City Airport

Police officers arrest an Extinction Rebellion climate change activist during a demonstration at London City Airport

Police officers arrest an Extinction Rebellion climate change activist during a demonstration at London City Airport

Police stand in front of the climate change activists as they blockade the Docklands Light Rail station at City Airport

Police stand in front of the climate change activists as they blockade the Docklands Light Rail station at City Airport

Police stand in front of the climate change activists as they blockade the Docklands Light Rail station at City Airport

Police officers speak to an Extinction Rebellion protester on the ground during a demonstration at London City Airport

Police officers speak to an Extinction Rebellion protester on the ground during a demonstration at London City Airport

Police officers speak to an Extinction Rebellion protester on the ground during a demonstration at London City Airport

Extinction Rebellion protestors sit on the ground at the DLR station during a demonstration at London City Airport

Extinction Rebellion protestors sit on the ground at the DLR station during a demonstration at London City Airport

Extinction Rebellion protestors sit on the ground at the DLR station during a demonstration at London City Airport

Police at the scene of the protest by Extinction Rebellion activists at the Docklands Light Rail station at City Airport

Police at the scene of the protest by Extinction Rebellion activists at the Docklands Light Rail station at City Airport

Police at the scene of the protest by Extinction Rebellion activists at the Docklands Light Rail station at City Airport

Police officers detain Extinction Rebellion protester during the demonstration at London City Airport

Police officers detain Extinction Rebellion protester during the demonstration at London City Airport

Police officers detain Extinction Rebellion protester during the demonstration at London City Airport

Police arrest Extinction Rebellion demonstrators lying on the pavement outside London City Airport yesterday morning

Police arrest Extinction Rebellion demonstrators lying on the pavement outside London City Airport yesterday morning

Police arrest Extinction Rebellion demonstrators lying on the pavement outside London City Airport yesterday morning

Demonstrators hold signs and Extinction Rebellion flags as the Docklands Light Rail station at London City Airport

Demonstrators hold signs and Extinction Rebellion flags as the Docklands Light Rail station at London City Airport

Demonstrators hold signs and Extinction Rebellion flags as the Docklands Light Rail station at London City Airport

Police arrest Extinction Rebellion protesters at London City Airport ahead of the activists' planned shutdown

Police arrest Extinction Rebellion protesters at London City Airport ahead of the activists' planned shutdown

Police arrest Extinction Rebellion protesters at London City Airport ahead of the activists’ planned shutdown

Activists stage a 'Hong Kong style' blockage of the exit from the Docklands Light Railway to London City Airport

Activists stage a 'Hong Kong style' blockage of the exit from the Docklands Light Railway to London City Airport

Activists stage a ‘Hong Kong style’ blockage of the exit from the Docklands Light Railway to London City Airport 

It comes a day after the Government took the extraordinary step of drafting in 500 officers from 43 other police forces in England and Wales as they try to round up the mob bringing chaos to the capital. 

Those arrested include 91-year-old veteran campaigner John Lynes. Illegal sites in Whitehall and Horseferry Road remain closed while police spend hours moving the activists to avoid injury and potential compensation claims. 

Circus performers joined in last night, draping themselves in red robes to resemble blood. Invisible Circus, a street performance group from Bristol, joined their ranks – adding their painted faces to the throngs on Downing Street.

With faces painted white, they wore clothing designed to remind everyone present of the blood that binds humanity together as police admitted they were being forced to neglect crime victims to patrol the protests.  

Activists are staging an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest at City Airport on the fourth day of demonstrations

Activists are staging an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest at City Airport on the fourth day of demonstrations

Activists are staging an Extinction Rebellion climate change protest at City Airport on the fourth day of demonstrations

Police await the arrival of Extinction Rebellion protesters at London City Airport outside the DLR station yesterday morning

Police await the arrival of Extinction Rebellion protesters at London City Airport outside the DLR station yesterday morning

Police await the arrival of Extinction Rebellion protesters at London City Airport outside the DLR station yesterday morning

Police officers look at Extinction Rebellion activists protesting about climate change at London City Airport

Police officers look at Extinction Rebellion activists protesting about climate change at London City Airport

Police officers look at Extinction Rebellion activists protesting about climate change at London City Airport 

Police officers are seen at London City Airport as they try to avoid disruption at the terminal

Police officers are seen at London City Airport as they try to avoid disruption at the terminal

Police officers are seen at London City Airport as they try to avoid disruption at the terminal 

Passengers walk into the London City Airport terminal building yesterday morning ahead of the XR demonstration

Passengers walk into the London City Airport terminal building yesterday morning ahead of the XR demonstration

Passengers walk into the London City Airport terminal building yesterday morning ahead of the XR demonstration

Flight passengers were not allowed to enter the City Airport terminal without showing their boarding cards first

Flight passengers were not allowed to enter the City Airport terminal without showing their boarding cards first

Flight passengers were not allowed to enter the City Airport terminal without showing their boarding cards first

A police van waits outside the London City Airport terminal ahead of what could be a 'Hong Kong-style' shutdown

A police van waits outside the London City Airport terminal ahead of what could be a 'Hong Kong-style' shutdown

A police van waits outside the London City Airport terminal ahead of what could be a ‘Hong Kong-style’ shutdown

Security guards in place at City Airport after XR protesters declared they would occupy and shut down the airport

Security guards in place at City Airport after XR protesters declared they would occupy and shut down the airport

Security guards in place at City Airport after XR protesters declared they would occupy and shut down the airport

 

Extinction Rebellion protesters gather at Trafalgar Square where police stood around a group who climbed a structure

Extinction Rebellion protesters gather at Trafalgar Square where police stood around a group who climbed a structure

Extinction Rebellion protesters gather at Trafalgar Square where police stood around a group who climbed a structure

Members of Extinction Rebellion and climate change supporters blockade roads at Trafalgar Square in London

Members of Extinction Rebellion and climate change supporters blockade roads at Trafalgar Square in London

Members of Extinction Rebellion and climate change supporters blockade roads at Trafalgar Square in London

Protesters in a plastic swimming pool Extinction Rebellion at Trafalgar Square in London

Protesters in a plastic swimming pool Extinction Rebellion at Trafalgar Square in London

Protesters in a plastic swimming pool Extinction Rebellion at Trafalgar Square in London

Members of Extinction Rebellion and climate change supporters set up camp in St James's Park in London

Members of Extinction Rebellion and climate change supporters set up camp in St James's Park in London

Members of Extinction Rebellion and climate change supporters set up camp in St James’s Park in London

XR camp in Trafalgar Square

XR camp in Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square lion decorated with a Extinction Rebellion necklace

Trafalgar Square lion decorated with a Extinction Rebellion necklace

An XR camp in Trafalgar Square (left) where one of the stone lions was decorated with an XR necklace (right)

Extinction Rebellion protesters carry out an early morning protest at Trafalgar Square in London

Extinction Rebellion protesters carry out an early morning protest at Trafalgar Square in London

Extinction Rebellion protesters carry out an early morning protest at Trafalgar Square in London

Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters carry out yoga after the demonstration closed roads in Westminster

Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters carry out yoga after the demonstration closed roads in Westminster

Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters carry out yoga after the demonstration closed roads in Westminster

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