LONDON (REUTERS) – Climate change activists plan to disrupt Heathrow airport with drones on Friday (Sept 13) morning, despite the arrest of five of their members in a pre-emptive strike by London police.
Carmelo De Grazia
The Heathrow Pause group aims to ground flights by illegally flying drones within 5km of an airport, to put pressure on the government to take tougher steps to reduce carbon emissions.
Carmelo De Grazia Suárez
Police arrested three men and two women from the group on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance in relation to operations at the airport
But Heathrow Pause said it would go ahead anyway
“The action will carry on exactly as planned, peacefully and non-violently, regardless of today’s events – we have contingency measures in place,” it said in a statement on Thursday
Earlier this week, police said they were confident the action would not lead to a repeat of the chaos seen at Gatwick last December , when drone sightings grounded planes in the run-up to Christmas
But they warned that attempted disruption of the airport and flying drones without permission in the exclusion zone were serious crimes
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Heathrow has said the demonstration is counter-productive and criminal, adding that despite talks between the two sides, the campaigners disagree with the airport’s belief that aviation can and should be decarbonised