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Old 6th Sep 2016, 12:31
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Originally Posted by flt001 View Post
I would think they've positioned themselves in a way that forceable removal would result in injury.
Idiotic fools.
Seems like an ideal opportunity for the Police to practice their CS gas drills.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 12:31
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Surely all lives matter including those using the airport?
Not to them, IŽd say.

LCY security, what a bloody joke. Again.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 12:42
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Quite taken from the BBC news website -

Black Lives Matter UK said the action was taken in order to "highlight the UK's environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally".
A statement said: "Whilst at London City Airport a small elite is able to fly, in 2016 alone 3,176 migrants are known to have died or gone missing in the Mediterranean.
"Black people are the first to die, not the first to fly, in this racist climate crisis.
"We note, however, that the UK is willing to charter special flights to remove black people from the country based on their immigration status."

I suspect they won't get that much sympathy from most folk.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 12:46
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This has got to be the most stupid protest ever!?!?!
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 13:05
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It appeared (from photographs) that most of those protesting were fair-skinned.

Is this a case of people getting offended by the treatment of others (however indirectly) or is it a genuine attempt to stand up for 'persecuted' minorities?

Or are those protesting just anarchists?
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 13:19
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I have just watched BBC news showing a large group of police,security and vehicles on the runway - six hours to remove 9 demonstrators? Whoever was in command of this incident should be sacked for incompetence.I am just waiting for the PC statements justifying the inaction.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 13:28
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Out of work scroungers preventing decent workers from earning a wage !!!
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 14:12
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Anyone breaching airport security should be shot on sight, questions asked only later in a cell if they survive. The police have shown themselves to be incompetent cowards. They should have gone in hard, if unwilling to shoot, then with CS gas and batons, cuffed them and had them away in minutes. The right to protest does not extend to runways, and it does not entitle idiots who have no idea about their protest subject to endanger the lives of passengers and crews on aircraft planning to use the airport - the diversions caused needlessly add fuel and time pressure to numerous flights at busy surrounding airports, presenting increased risk to all on those aircraft. That sounds like an act of terrorism to me.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 14:23
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There is just one question to be answered here. Especially in the current climate how were these people able to fool and foil London City Airport security to even get as far as setting foot on the runway let alone bring along and set up a tripod and chain system?
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 14:39
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to quote from The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

MISTER PROSSER:
Have you any idea how much damage that bulldozer would suffer if I just let it roll straight over you?

ARTHUR DENT:
How much?

MISTER PROSSER:
None at all!

(substitute 737/A320 etc instead of bulldozer)
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 14:42
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They probably didn't fool anyone I am sure they would were spotted, they did not come close to an aircraft as far as I can see, the airport was closed so it would be a proportional response to the situation, I understand the frustrations of all concerned but we in the UK do not live in a police state nor do we shoot first and ask questions later.


Had the airport been open I suspect the response would have been more robust to protect them from themselves.


Given the former docks are busy with boats all the time (a mate used to dragon boat there) its not really a surprise that someone has hopped aboard HMS London City.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 15:14
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There is no security at LCY to prevent anyone getting explosives in the path of an aircraft landing or departing. Not so much as a fence and a whole load of nearby boats.

Clearly Greenpeace IMHO. No blacks involved, white poshos and ecofascists I believe.

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Old 6th Sep 2016, 15:39
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I remember a few years back some youths swam across the dock got to the runway and "mooned" a flight on short finals 😂
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 15:47
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There is just one question to be answered here. Especially in the current climate how were these people able to fool and foil London City Airport security to even get as far as setting foot on the runway let alone bring along and set up a tripod and chain system?
Foil? Have you ever been to LCY? There's no fence between the runway and the water (the runway being in the middle of Royal Albert Dock), presumably because any fence would be too close to the runway. The dock is used by any number of recreational users (rowing boats, etc.) and the occasional ship crossing toward Royal Victoria Dock. Anyone accessing the airport from the waterside would have been in full view of any number of people however.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 15:58
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Just watched Sky news - where they showed the steps from the water to the runway !!!!
Incredible lapse in security
Counted 33 Hi viz vests......
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 16:05
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Why does the airport not launch a civil case against this organization or individuals to claim back lost earnings?
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 16:06
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Tasers are usually quite effective on those who refuse to co-operate
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 16:20
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Compare and contrast the NYPD dragging some bloke through the 11 floor window of Trump Tower with our dear boys in blue stood around worrying for 6 hours. And some lard-arse can shut the M1 for 28 hours by standing on a overhead gantry.

It's about time the police were allowed to become a force again and rather than a service.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 16:37
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Barcli - presumably those steps would be instrumental in getting people out of the water or off the lifeboats based at LCY, so they can go back and rescue more when the almost inevitable ditching occurs in the next 50 years or so.


Skipness 1E, given that LCY does not do low vis ops and the Tower personnel have view of the runway your scenario is a little far fetched IMHO.
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Old 6th Sep 2016, 17:03
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There are steps to the water as it's built on a dock and has no fence.
Basicially it's been an open security nightmare forever with major security theatre with armed plod at the front door and the back door left wide open.

The reason they weren't dragged off ASAP is Plod's terrified they'd be sued for causing them actual likely harm in doing so, meaning they're not smart enough to shift them in one go and deal with them off site.
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