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Protesters block runway at Scotland’s airport

Posted by feww on March 3, 2009

‘Plane Stupid’ protesters break through Aberdeen airport’s fence to block runway

Plane Stupid climate activists break through the perimeter fence at Aberdeen airport before setting up a barricade on an aircraft taxiway. Photograph: Plane Stupid. Creative Commons License.

Flights at Aberdeen airport one of Scotland’s main airports were disrupted this morning when a dozen protesters from the Plane Stupid campaign group cut through the airport’s perimeter fence at about 02:00 to  protest plans to expand the airport.

Airport operator BAA said flights to Amsterdam, London and Paris had been affected by the climate change activists.  Plane Stupid members locked themselves inside a “wire fortress” on a runway, as two protesters unfurled a banner on the terminal building.

“There have been two cancellations and some flights to and from the airport have been delayed due to the action,” A BAA spokeswoman told reporters.

Plane Stupid environmental activists managed to shut down London’s Stansted Airport for several hours in December 2008.

Protesters were dressed as golfers imitating Donald Trump, the New York property magnet, who is building a $1.5bn golfing resort north of Aberdeen and reportedly supports the airport’s expansion.

Ironically, Donald Trump was forced to resign last week from the board of Trump Entertainment Resorts, just days before the casino company filed for bankruptcy.

A  Plane Stupid members from Edinburgh reportedly said: “We have been failed by the generation of Donald Trump and [Scottish politician] Alex Salmond.

“Despite a catalogue of scientific reports warning them that they can’t keep on with aviation growth, they continue with disregard for all of us who will end up dealing with the impacts of the climate crisis.

“The reality is that our generation’s future is vanishing so that people like Donald Trump and his super-rich friends can jet into Aberdeen for a round of golf.”

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Protesters close down runway at UK airport

Posted by feww on December 8, 2008

Climate action group Plane Stupid breached security at UK’s  Stansted airport forcing dozens of flights to cancel.

Police reportedly arrested nearly 60 protesters for aggravated trespass, attempting to gain access to a restricted area, and conspiracy to commit a public nuisance, BBC reported.

Never knew the Brits had it in them 😉  It took just over fifty young protesters from the climate action group Plane Stupid have this morning shut down Stansted Airport by camping on the runway and surrounding themselves with fortified security fencing.

A senior police officer from Essex police force told reporters that the demonstrators were “committing a criminal act.”

A spokesman for Stansted airport said a total of 56 flights had been canceled.

The activists had carried “concrete blocks and 6ft-high security fencing with them and erected a ‘stockade’ about 50m (164 ft) from the runway. They then chained themselves to the fencing.” A BBC reporter said.

On of the demonstrators, Lily Kember, 21, said she was “incredibly apologetic” for inconveniencing the passengers, but added: “The effects of climate change are going to be monumental.”

Another protester said: “We’re here because our parents’ generation has failed us and it’s now down to young people to stop climate change by whatever peaceful means we have left.

“We’re afraid of what the police might do to us, we’re afraid of going to jail but nothing scares us as much as the threat of runaway climate change.” (Source)

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