'Extinction Rebellion (XR) is considering using drones to shut down London’s Heathrow Airport this summer, a spokesperson for the group said.
The climate change activists plan to use nonviolent direct action to close Europe’s busiest airport as part of a campaign against plans to build a third runway there.
XR announced on Thursday that it would carry out a protest on 18 June to “create a ‘pause’ in recognition of the genocidal impact of high carbon activities, such as flying, upon the natural world”.
If its demand for the government to cancel all Heathrow expansion is not met, the group plans to try to shut the airport for up to 10 days from 1 July.
Heathrow described the proposed action as “reckless” and potentially dangerous.
The use of drones, which Reuters reported was proposed in an internal document written by volunteers, would be a significant escalation of XR’s tactics.
In April, the group mobilised thousands of protesters in a peaceful civil disobedience campaign in central London that brought parts of the city to a standstill.
Members of Extinction Rebellion Youth, a group which acts with some autonomy from the main organisation, protested at Heathrow Airport at the start of the Easter bank holiday weekend but said it never planned to disrupt flights.
In the internal proposal, activists said they would avoid risking passengers’ safety by informing the authorities of their plans in advance.'
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