'Around 7 arrested' after Black Lives Matter protest at London City Airport

Flights disrupted at London City Airport due to Black Lives Matter protest

Protestors locked themselves to a tripod on the runway

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Around seven people have reportedly been arrested after the Black Lives Matter protest at London City Airport.

Flights at the airport in central London were disrupted as protestors gained access to the runway.

Police were called to the runway at around 5:40am this morning, as nine protestors "locked themselves together".

Inbound flights were diverted and the airport said they hoped to return to normal service as soon as possible.

Black Lives Matter UK said they were responsible for the protest, saying it is designed "to highlight the UK's environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally.

"It is an airport designed for the wealthy. At the same time 40% of Newham's population struggle to survive on £20,000 or less. When black people in Britain are 28% more likely to be exposed to air pollution than their white counterparts, we know that environmental inequality is a racist crisis."