Extinction Rebellion Leaders ‘Preemptively’ Arrested By Police

  • Date: 12/09/19
  • Sky News

Heathrow Pause says two of its activists have been “pre-emptively” arrested before they started flying drones as part of a climate protest.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Extinction Rebellion environmental activist organiser Roger Hallam talks to Police as protesters try to stop police from removing their boat on April 19, 2019 in London, England. The boat, called the Berta Caceres, is named after the Honduran environmentalist that was killed in March 2016 by gunmen who broke into her La Esperanza home that had been a focal point of the Oxford Circus occupation since Monday morning. The boat removed from Oxford Circus was then driven down numerous back roads by the police with an escort of over 100 police in an operation estimated to have involved over 1000 police before protesters stopped it for an hour on the corner of Great Portland Street and Langham Street while deciding how to deal with the situation through a mass vote. The boat was lead past the BBC offices to the Energy Institute in Marylebone by protesters where they allowed it to be taken away by Police. The climate change activist group aims to stop traffic and occupy key locations to cause maximum disruption to the capital for up to two weeks unless their climate protection demands are met by the government, as a series of protests take place globally to highlight the ongoing ecological and climate crisis. (Photo by Ollie Millington/Getty Images)
Image:Roger Hallam at the protests in London in April

Activists have been planning to fly drones at Heathrow Airport tomorrow.

Heathrow Pause released a statement which says: “Prospective drone pilots Roger Hallam and Mike Lynch-White have just been preemptively arrested and we caught it all on film.

“The pair were just concluding an interview with German news magazine der Spiegel at Billy’s Cafe in Bethnal Green when four police cars pulled up. Officers handcuffed the Pause activists, placed them in separate cars and drove them away.”

Mr Hallam is one of the co-founders of Extinction Rebellion. Heathrow Pause is understood to be a splinter group from XR.

Heathrow airport said it was determined to remain operational during potential disruption on Friday, which comes shortly after the BA pilot strike at the beginning of the week.

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