Eco-warrior protests have already cost London shops and restaurants over £12million

Mindy Sparks
April 19, 2019

In a leaked Whatsapp message the group said: "Many of you have expressed a desire to disrupt Heathrow - and so we wanted to share this action with you".

The group, which calls for extreme measures to stop alleged man-made climate change including overhauling democracy and stopping the usage of all fossil fuels in just six years, made the suggestions in a leaked private WhatsApp group chat between demonstration leaders, according to The Mirror.

The group wants the British government to declare a climate and ecological emergency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025, halt biodiversity loss and be led by new "citizens' assemblies on climate and ecological justice".

"While we respect the right to peaceful protest and agree with the need to act on climate change, we don't agree that passengers should have their well-earned Easter break holiday plans with family and friends disrupted", the airport said.

Cathy Eastburn, 51, Mark Ovland, 35, and Luke Watson, 29, were remanded in custody after they were charged over their alleged involvement in obstructing trains at Canary Wharf station on Wednesday morning.

The protestors have gathered at one of the airport's access points and have been surrounded by police.

The force said that although the Violent Crime Task Force (VCTF) has been ring-fenced, the protests are diverting officers away from their local duties.

"They're standing for something", said protester Sylvia Alexandra.

Since Monday, the "Extinction Rebellion" has blocked areas at Marble Arch, Waterloo Bridge, Parliament Square and Oxford Circus.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted a statement responding to the protest, saying that while he agrees with the environmentalist cause and believes in the right to peacefully protest, he finds the methods employed by Extinction Rebellion risky and contrary to the cause of environmentalism since people taking public transport instead of cars would drastically reduce carbon emissions and environmental impact.

"We have no intention of leaving until the government listens to us", said Extinction Rebellion spokesman James Fox.

Police said they expected the demonstrations to continue for the next few weeks.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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