London City Airport was braced for disruption on Thursday after climate-change protesters Extinction Rebellion vowed to occupy its terminal and shut down operations for three days as part of its action in the British capital.
Their main focus has been London, where the fast-growing group backed by Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg was formed by United Kingdom academics studying the effects of harmful carbon emissions on Earth.
Hundreds of young people gathered on September 20 at Prague's Old Town Square and in many other Czech towns joining the worldwide climate change protests launched by the Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.
Extra security and policing have been put in place at the United Kingdom airport after the group threatened it would attempt a major disruption, with its members "lying, sitting or glueing-on in front of the departure and arrivals gates" in a desperate bid to block entry to travelers.
A spokesman for the airport said: "We can confirm that a number of protesters have arrived at London City Airport". The airport's website says it has started an $873 million project to quadruple the size of its only terminal, AFP reported.
Footage and images from the airport, taken just minutes after the protest officially got under way, show police removing XR members from the airport entrance and making arrests.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick said thousands of officers from across the country have been deployed to help free up traffic on bridges and streets.
"We can't carry on with life, with business as usual", she said.
He said the protests had not affected the Johnson family as a whole, and that they shared views on the issue of climate change.
Speaking to The Yorkshire Post Mr Sobel added: "As a lifelong environmentalist, I feel that it is vital the Government immediately calls a climate emergency. That was a remark made in humour", Stanley Johnson told Britain's Press Association at the event. "Nature is in our blood".