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Heathrow Express, London Underground: A way around ongoing roadblocks to London Heathrow Airport

Access to London Heathrow Airport crippled: Black Lives Matter took over roadways

Aug 05, 2016

Taking the Heathrow Express train or the London Underground to London Heathrow airport would have been a great idea this morning.

BlackLivesMatter protestors have locked themselves to boxes blocking lanes leading to Heathrow.

The U.S. movement" called "Black Lives Matter" had been taking over key roads, including the motorway to London Heathrow International Airport in London Wednesday morning. It happens a day after Mark Duggan anniversary, and in the midst of a very busy holiday travel season in Britain.

Protesters elsewhere in Britain blocked tram line in Nottingham.
The campaign is part of campaign to raise awareness of racism. It happens a day after the Mark Duggan anniversary.

Holidaymakers heading to Heathrow have been stopped by Black Lives Matter protesters who are blocking off the main road to the airport as part of a national day of action.

Long tailbacks have built up after the protesters spread banners across arterial routes and started lying in the road at the entrance to the hub.

A group of protesters had earlier blocked the main road leading to Birmingham Airport before that was cleared at around 9am. Five people were arrested for obstructing the highway.

Black Lives Matter campaigners also chained themselves to tram lines in Nottingham, bringing part of the city centre's network to a halt.

The reason behind: Philando Castile’s death has been watched by thousands of people. He is sitting in his car in Falcon Heights, Minneapolis, white t-shirt blooming red with blood, arm held crookedly, head thrown back in pain – leaning, it seems, almost as if to get further away from the man who has just shot him, police officer Jeronimo Yanez. Sitting next to him his girlfriend Diamond Reynolds, filming, is eerily calm but seconds away from hysteria. She narrates the scene which she is live-streaming to Facebook. “Please officer, don’t tell me that you killed him,” she begs Yanez who’s breathing heavily in the background, gun still pointing at Castile, “He was just getting his licence and registration.”

It’s a modern tragedy, but one we’ve seen all too often in a country where, according to a study by the University of California, “the probability of being black, unarmed and shot by police is about 3.49 times the probability of being white, unarmed and shot by police”. In the past few weeks I have been unsurprised at the subsequent protests that have littered parts of America under the Black Lives Matter banner – a campaign group which organises against police brutality and racism and which has also spawned the eponymous hashtag on social media.

Access to London Heathrow Airport crippled: Black Lives Matter took over roadways

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