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Extinction Rebellion stages youth


protest at Heathrow airport
Activists born after 1990 gather at key roundabout to highlight
dangers of climate change

Extinction Rebellion and Attenborough put climate in spotlight


Jonathan Watts
Global
environment
editor
Fri 19 Apr 2019
08.43 BST

Activists hold a banner at the Extinction Rebellion protest outside Heathrow airport. Photograph:
Simon Dawson/Reuters

Youth activists have taken the Extinction Rebellion protests to Heathrow on the fifth day of
action, demonstrating beside the main roundabout on the road to the airport.

The activists, all born after 1990, unfurled a banner asking: “Are we the the last generation?”
as dozens of police prevented them from blocking the road.
The protesters said they were risking arrest to highlight the dangers of climate change. “To
everyone reading about this, I’m here because I love you and fear for your future and my
future. It’s that life and that fear that gives me courage,” said Oscar Idoe, 17, from Bristol.

A spokesman from XR said the aim of the day’s action was not to stop people flying but to
raise awareness.

Activists have been occupying four landmark sites in central London since Monday in efforts

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to highlight the escalating climate crisis and demand urgent government action.

On Thursday night the Metropolitan police said they had arrested more than 500 people so
far and had cancelled leave for some officers over Easter.

“This is putting a strain on the Met and we have now asked officers on the boroughs to work
12-hour shifts; we have cancelled rest days and our violent crime taskforce have had their
leave cancelled,” the force said in a statement.

Sajid Javid, the home secretary, had earlier called on police to use the “full force of the law”
against the protesters.

He sent out a series of tweets condemning “any protesters who are stepping outside the
boundaries of the law”, and calling on the police to “take a firm stance” against protesters
who were “significantly disrupting the lives of others”.

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