- August 29, 2020
Extinction Rebellion protest causes travel disruption along Brighton seafront A259. Protestors from Black Lives Matter Brighton were also marching.
Extinction Rebellion blocked the road outside the British Airways i360 as part of their ‘day of action‘ against aviation.
They are taking aim against BA ‘deportations and fuels’, a representative from the group said.
Some lit flares and climbed onto the tower’s ticket office.
🔥🔥Our house is on fire 🔥 🔥@xrsoutheastuk @xrebellionuk#wewanttolive #extinctionrebellion #xruk #xrbrighton #rebellion #telltheturth #buildbackbetter #extinctionrebellionbrighton #blacklivesmatter #stopdeportingrefugees pic.twitter.com/EFBF2U8a92
— Extinction Rebellion Brighton (⧖) (@XRBrighton) August 29, 2020
A banner reading ‘Climate Emergency Our House Is On Fire’ has been hung from the West Pier.
“We’re asking MPs returning to Parliament from summer break to put forward and support the climate and ecological emergency bill”, Claudia, a representative from Extinction Rebellion, told Latest TV.
“This will start the action to show there is an emergency because the climate is out of control right now”, said Claudia.
Protestors shouted ‘End the hostile environment’ and ‘your flights are killing us’.
Speeches took place upon ‘Lightship Greta’. Extinction Rebellion plan to take it from Brighton to London to highlight the climate crisis.
Speakers included representatives from Black Lives Matter Brighton.
It is the first joint protest held by the two groups.
Black Lives Matter have emphasised the relationship between the two campaigns.
“We cannot ignore the intersection between the climate crisis and the profound and more frequent occurrences
of black and POC (women in particular) being the victim of climate change,” the group said in a statement on Instagram.
“Climate change is is the result of a legacy of extraction, of colonialism, of slavery”.
Brighton and Hove police are continuing to divert traffic.
We are aware of a static protest in the vicinity of the i360 and West Beach Café in #Brighton this afternoon (Saturday, August 29).
Officers are engaging with those involved to facilitate a peaceful protest while minimising the impact on the public and businesses in the area. pic.twitter.com/rNPBNtA0a0
— Brighton&Hove Police (@BtonHovePolice) August 29, 2020
The protest marks the beginning of a wider series of action.
Similar protests have taken place in London, Leeds and Bristol Airport.
For previous Latest TV interviews with Extinction Rebellion click here.
Report by Olivia Marshall, Latest TV.