08 Dec 2008
The protest began at 3.15am when 54 campaigners occupied a runway that had been closed for maintenance work, according to Plane Stupid, which organised the demonstration.
The group are protesting over the Government’s decision to allow the expansion of Stansted Airport with a second runway.
An Essex police spokeswoman said: “About 50 protesters have gained access to Stansted Airport and they are airside.
“We have arrested four people so far. Police have contained the area where the protesters are and they will be dealing with them in due course.”
A spokeswoman for Plane Stupid said the activists were chained together on the runway and had created “a fort” by surrounding themselves with security fencing.
She said they planned to keep up the blockade for as long as possible to prevent the runway reopening as scheduled at 5am.
In a statement, Plane Stupid said the disruption to flights will prevent “the release of thousands of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere”.
via Four arrests as climate change activists from Plane Stupid break in to Stansted Airport – Telegraph. plus video report and photos