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Black Lives Matter UK disrupted flights at London City Airport

Black Lives Matter UK disrupted flights at London City AirportNine protesters “locked themselves together” on the runway at London City Airport, causing delays in all the flights on Monday. The Black Lives Matter UK movement claimed the responsibility for the protest.

A short after seven people have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass. Two other remain on the runway. The airport said inbound flights were being diverted.

Black Lives Matter UK with their action wanted to "highlight the UK's environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally".

“Whilst at London City Airport a small elite is able to fly, in 2016 alone 3,176 migrants are known to have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean. Black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis. We note, however, that the UK is willing to charter special flights to remove black people from the country based on their immigration status,” the organization said in a statement.

Group member Joshua Virasami said BBC London the disruption to flights was “a very small inconvenience when you think about the consequences for black communities daily” and the protesters would remain on site “as long as feasibly possible”.

Scotland Yard said it was investigating how the protesters had managed to get air-side - including the suggestion that they swam across the Thames or used a boat.

A London City Airport said: “We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience to their journey.”

Black Lives Matter is U.S.-based movement, which was founded by three women who have described it as “an ideological and political intervention in a world where black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.”
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