Extinction Rebellion (XR) activist have targeted Heathrow Airport on Friday morning, as demonstrations enter their fifth day in London.
Protesters arrived at Heathrow on Good Friday holding a banner with the words “Are we the last generation.”
Police have surrounded a group of ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protesters on a Heathrow Airport service road – threatened with arrest unless they leave area pic.twitter.com/IsrOxOhIgw
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Home Secretary Sajid Javid said, “I totally condemn any protesters who are stepping outside the boundaries of the law.
“They have no right to cause misery for the millions of people who are trying to lead their daily lives. Unlawful behaviour will not be tolerated.
“I expect the police to take a firm stance and use the full force of the law. They have my full backing in doing so.”
In a statement XR said, “There is a deep remorse for those whose holiday and family plans will be disrupted.
“It is not our intention to cause further separation.
“However, the aviation industry needs to be targeted and we are all aware of the deep, structural change that needs to come.”
Police were in attendance and moved the activists from blocking to the road to the airport on to the pavement. Activists stood outside the tunnels that lead to terminals two and three.
A Heathrow Airport spokesman said they are “working with authorities to address any threat of protests which could disrupt the airport.”
More than 500 activists have now been arrested across the capital and three are being held in prison pending a hearing at Blackfriars court on 16 May.