Eco-warriors’ plan to shut down London Heathrow Airport

Eco-anarchist plot to shut down HEATHROW tomorrow: Eco-warriors’ plan to bring chaos to UK’s busiest airport when millions make Easter getaway is exposed as ‘thousands more activists are heading to London’

  • Extinction Rebellion demonstrators expected to start targeting aviation industry
  • They have already taken over London’s streets and caused commuter misery 
  • Activists claim they will ‘raise the bar’ on protests by heading to Heathrow

Climate change protesters are allegedly planning to shut down London Heathrow Airport tomorrow as the Easter holidays begin.

The Extinction Rebellion demonstrators are expected to start targeting the aviation industry, having already taken over London’s streets and caused commuter misery.

Activists claimed they would ‘raise the bar’ on protests having already taken over Waterloo Bridge, Oxford Circus, Parliament Square and Marble Arch this week.

Organisers today said they are prepared to escalate the group’s tactics if their demands ‘are not met’ – with ‘thousands more rebels’ expected to join in the coming days. 

The location of the protests across London that has caused mayhem over the last four days

Activists are arrested during Extinction Rebellion protests at Oxford Circus in London today 

Extinction Rebellion protesters in sleeping bags this morning on Waterloo Bridge in London

Internal messages seen by the Sun Online said: ‘Tomorrow we raise the bar. We are going to shut down Heathrow. 

‘There is a deep remorse for those whose holiday and family plans will be disrupted tomorrow.  It is not our intention to cause further separation. 

‘However, the aviation industry needs to be targeted and we are all aware of the deep, structural change that needs to come.’

Protesters have allegedly been urged to travel to a bus stop near the airport to raise awareness of the impact that flying has on the environment.

Climate change activists block traffic on Vauxhall Bridge in London this morning

Police talk to motorists as climate change activists block traffic on Vauxhall Bridge today

The internal message also suggested the idea to demonstrators that ‘if there are lots of us, there will be a low risk of arrest’.

Organisers say they are prepared to escalate the group’s tactics if their demands ‘are not met’ – with ‘thousands more rebels’ expected to join in the coming days.

Dr Gail Bradbrook, a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, said demonstrators would continue to act despite the first people being charged over the disruption.

It has seen activists glue themselves to public transport and block bridges and major roads across the capital.

The fourth day of protests began with a challenge to Environment Secretary Michael Gove to meet with activists at Parliament Square to find a solution to the issue.

And organisers said they expected even more people to join the protests, with a statement – which was later deleted – adding: ‘Easter Weekend is tomorrow and thousands more rebels will join.

‘Police struggle to arrest 350 and there are ten times that number prepared to be arrested. The hollowed-out British state is overwhelmed.’

A Heathrow Airport spokesman has been contacted for comment by MailOnline.  

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