Extinction Rebellion has released a statement to quash reports that suggested the group was planning a drone protest near Heathrow airport.
It had been widely reported that Extinction Rebellion was preparing to use drone technology close to Heathrow airport to disrupt passenger jets in order to raise awareness on ‘climate and ecological collapse.’
However, the group which brought parts of London to a standstill last month with peaceful protests around the city, has confirmed that it is “fully committed to nonviolence” and said it will “not take action that would put airline passengers at risk.”
The statement continued: “Reports to the contrary are the result of a misconstrued interpretation of a document circulated within the movement asking for feedback.”
This could allude to a document posted online last week which detailed how it had planned some kind of disruption at the airport on June 18 and that if that was not enough to force Heathrow officials to cancel expansion plans, it would “act to shut the airport down for up to 10 days from July 1.”
That release did also state that “Extinction Rebellion is in the consultancy stage with its members on the proposed action.”