Eco-terrorists arrested at Heathrow Airport after failed ‘drone protest’
Police arrested two alleged members of the Heathrow Pause group, a splinter cell of activists from the Extinction Rebellion movement, after futile attempts to disrupt air traffic at Heathrow Airport using drones.
The pair were arrested in the first hours of Friday morning but authorities claim there is no breach of airport security. The men were captured within Heathrow&rsquo reportedly;s 3.1-mile exclusion zone in possession of a drone with the express intention of disrupting flights, but without placing any full lives in peril.
Their arrest brings the full total amount of Heathrow Pause climate activists arrested to 11, on Thursday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a public nuisance after police arrested several people in pre-emptive raids.
Despite the arrests, on Friday the group claims to possess attempted three drone flights, one of that they say was “successful.”
Heathrow authorities deny any disruption to operations, and footage of 1 attempt showed the drones were not capable of flying because the authorities had deployed signal jammers to hinder the remote-controlled devices.
Former paralympian James Brown was the type of arrested; he claimed that there have been as much as 35 people focused on flying drones at the airport with “a whole load of people” prepared to follow suit.
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“It’s largely a protest contrary to the fact our government declared a climate emergency in April and straight after approved a third runway for Heathrow. There’s no logic compared to that,” Brown said, adding that any disruption caused was nothing in comparison to “the imminent climate breakdown we have been facing.”
However, by comments online, many disagreed with Brown’s assessment of the problem, calling the protesters a “menace” and joking about their attempts to launch drones.
“This is simply not protest, or taking action that triggers ‘inconvenience,’ that is attention seeking by those who have nothing easier to do,” wrote one user.
“Drumming up political will through endangering people’s lives is really as extremist since it gets,” added another.
Others remarked that forcing the planes to pursue another path might lead to them to burn up more fuel, seriously undermining the complete point of the protests.
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