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7 arrested after #BlackLivesMatter protest at London airport

PROTEST: Black Lives Matter protesters on the runway at London City Airport

SEVEN PEOPLE have been arrested after Black Lives Matter UK staged a protest on a London City Airport runway, closing it to flights.

The campaign said it carried out the protest to highlight the environmental impact of air travel on the lives of black people locally and globally.

The Black Lives Matter UK movement has confirmed it is responsible for the protest.

They said: "Whilst at London City Airport a small elite is able to fly, in 2016 alone 3,176 migrants are known to have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean.

"Black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis.

The group called for further protests later today (Sept 6) over a deportation flight to Jamaica later this month.

Its statement said: “We note that the UK is willing to charter special flights to remove black people from the country based on their immigration status. We call on our supporters to join the demonstration against this, today at the Jamaica high commission at 5.30pm.”

It added: "This action was taken in order to highlight the UK's environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally.

"As the largest per capita contributor to global temperature change, and yet among the least vulnerable to its deadly effects, the UK leads in ensuring that our climate crisis is a racist crisis."

Protesters reportedly swam across a dock to reach the runway of London City Airport, which was used by a record 4.3 million passengers last year.

A spokeswoman for BLMUK said she could not confirm or deny this. However, she did confirm that all the protesters who had chained themselves together on the runway were white.

A London City Airport spokesperson said: "We apologise to passengers for any inconvenience to their journey."

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