Flights suspended at London airport due to ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest

London:Flights from London City Airport were suspended Tuesday morning after a group of Black Lives Matter activists locked themselves together in a protest on the runway, an airport representative said.

Black Lives Matter UK said on its Twitter account that activists in support of the movement had taken the action “to protest the UK’s environmental impact on black people.”

The group seemed to be protesting multiple issues — the impact of climate change on black people and the migrant crisis.

“At London City Airport a small elite is able to fly, in 2016 alone 3,176 migrants have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean,” it tweeted.

An image tweeted out showed the protesters on the runway, alongside banners saying “black lives matter” and “climate crisis is a racist crisis.”

“7/10 of the countries most affected by climate change are in sub-Saharan Africa,” the account tweeted. “By 2050 there will be 200 million climate refugees. Black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis.”

London City Airport, the fifth busiest airport in the London region, and is popular with bankers and corporate fliers due to its proximity to Canary Wharf and the City of London, the British capital’s two financial centers.


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