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Extinction Rebellion to begin 'Hong Kong-style' occupation of London City Airport

Christian Fernsby |
Extinction Rebellion activists are to begin their three-day "Hong Kong-style" occupation of London City Airport.

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The protest group says its members intend to "peacefully occupy and shut down" the airport's terminal building from 9am on Thursday.

Activists say they will achieve this by lying, sitting or gluing themselves in front of the departure and arrival gates at the east London airport.

If they do not make it into the building, they plan to occupy the airport's access road and DLR station.

The latest protest is against the climate impact of flying and the government's ongoing support of airport expansion.

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."

The group said hundreds of people have already signed up to take part in the protest, which will seem them "non-violently use their bodies" to close the airport.

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