Black Lives Matter protesters removed from London airport runway, police say

Emergency services surround Black Lives Matter protesters Tuesday on a London City Airport runway.

Story highlights

  • Nine protesters have been arrested, police say
  • Black Lives Matter UK says it is protesting environmental harm to black people

London (CNN)A group of Black Lives Matter activists whose protest temporarily shut down a London airport Tuesday have been arrested and removed from the runway, police said.

Flights were suspended at London City Airport after nine protesters locked themselves together on the runway and erected a tripod, London's Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
    Black Lives Matter UK, a network of anti-racism activists, said in a statement that the action was taken to protest Britain's "environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally."
    The police said the protesters were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass, being unlawfully airside and breaching London City Airport bylaws, and were taken into custody. The statement was issued nearly six hours after police were alerted of the protest.
    London City Airport tweeted that the runway has since reopened, and it advised passengers to check with their airlines for flight information.
    Police work to clear the runway of Black Lives Matter activists. Nine protesters were arrested.

    Protest cites 'racist climate crisis'

    London City Airport, the fifth busiest airport in the London region, is popular with corporate travelers due to its proximity to Canary Wharf and the City of London, the British capital's two financial centers.
    Black Lives Matter UK said the centrally located airport was planning to expand its capacity, which would negatively affect the surrounding community in one of London's most deprived areas.