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Aberdeen Climate 9 trial – for invasion of runway in 2009 – hope to set precedent

14.6.2010     (The Ecologist)

Scottish climate activists in the dock hope to set legal precedent

Climate activists who broke into Aberdeen Airport hope to convince jury their
actions were justified in preventing larger crime of runaway climate change

The trial of nine climate activists accused of breaching the peace and vandalism
after breaking into Aberdeen Airport in a protest against airport expansion begins
today.

The activists, who forced Aberdeen Airport to shut down for two and half hours
in March 2009, say plans to expand all seventeen Scottish airports could triple
the country’s aviation emissions at a time when we should be cutting greenhouse
gas emissions.

Legal representatives will argue that their non-violent actions were justified
because of the Government’s failure to tackle runaway climate change and danger
it poses to humanity.

Kingsnorth six



The activists are hoping to use the precedent set under English law by
six Greenpeace campaigners who were cleared by a jury in 2008. The ‘Kingsnorth six’ had been accused of
causing £30,000 of criminal damage to the Kingsnorth power station in a protest
against the expansion of coal-fired plants.

They were acquitted after arguing they had a ‘lawful excuse’ because they were
acting to protect property around the world in immediate need of protection from
the impacts of climate change, caused in part by burning coal.

Environmental lawyers say another verdict in favour of climate activists by a
jury could mark a shift in ‘social values’.

‘In the civil rights era in the United States protesters sometimes broke the
law because of their moral views and were exonerated by juries. Prior to that
during the era of slavery juries would sometimes refuse to convict those who helped
slaves escape from their owners,’ said ClientEarth CEO James Thornton.

‘Environmental protests that intentionally go over the edge of the law, and which
sometimes lead to the protesters being exonerated, are a laboratory where we can
see society adjust to environmental facts taking place,’ he added.

A statement on behalf of the nine activists said they were prepared to ‘pay the
price for speaking the truth’ and bring justice for those detrimentally affected
by climate change.

‘Whatever happens to us, the Climate 9 trial is an opportunity to spread the
need for urgent action and to challenge the authorities with pride and confidence,’
they said.



The trial is expected to last two weeks.

link to article

   

 
                                          More photos on Indymedia
 
 
 
 
(Plane Stupid and the Lazy Environmentalist)  

Climate 9 say real crime is Ecocide 

 

 Climate 9 outside Aberdeen Crown Court June 14, 2010 on trial for vandalism,
say the real crime is ecocide, not peaceful campaigning against airport expansion.

This is Scotland’s first ever major climate change trial, a group of climate
change activists facing charges of Beach of the Peace and Vandalism after closing
down Aberdeen Airport in March 2009.   The two week trial starts in Aberdeen Crown
Court today.

At 3am on the morning of March 3, 2009, 9 friends stood up for what they believed
in and occupied a taxiway at Aberdeen Airport, building a wire enclosure containing
a miniature golf course while two activists occupied the roof of the main terminal
building.   They  wore clothes parodying Donald Trump and displayed a banner reading
‘Plane Stupid Golf Open 2009′. Their action was designed to stop carbon emissions
from aviation and to highlight the links between Donald Trump’s planned hotel
and golf course complex and the expansion of Aberdeen airport.

The Climate 9 are arguing the defence of necessity. They argue that their actions
were justified because people should be allowed to peacefully take action on the
biggest threat facing humanity in the face of government failure and a huge democratic
deficit in taking the action necessary to stop runaway climate change.

The aviation industry uses more fossil fuel than any other industry, which directly
contributes to the damage, destruction to and loss of ecosystems. The knock on
impact affects the whole global community; not just today’s but tomorrow. To stand
up and ask for it to stop is a call for   intergenerational justice. It is a call
for ecological justice.

What do the aviation industry want?

They want to expand their services and for people who object to be imprisoned.

What do Climate 9 want?

  • They want the courts to drop all charges against the climate 9 and instead pursue
    climate criminals such as BAA, who are getting away with ecocide, causing death
    and destruction in poor countries and misery for local people living near their
    Airports.

As they rightly point out, most flight destinations can easily be reached by
bus, rail and ferry.

  • They want to stop unnecessary short haul flights and airport expansion, stop
    aviation advertising, and take steps that ensure a just transition to sustainable
    jobs and transport.
  • They want the police and the aviation industry to be as open, honest and accountable
    as they are, to stop scare tactics, lies and intimidation and start listening
    to people concerned about climate change.
  • They want they UK government to stop sponsoring the aviation industry, currently
    subsidised by the UK taxpayer for £9 Billion a year, subsidies that benefit the
    wealthiest and that could be used for sustainable transport projects.

Why this is important?

If Climate 9 are aquitted, it will be the first time that the defence of necessity
will have been successful in a case involving activism. This is a stand for eco-justice.  
The Climate 9 who stand in the dock represent the millions of people throughout
the world affected by climate change. They are Jimmy Kerr, Josie Hanson, Bill
Boggia, Dan Glass, Mark Andrews, Tilly Gifford, Mila Karwowska, Kate Mackay and
Johnny Agnew.

 
http://thelazyenvironmentalist.blogspot.com/2010/06/climate-9-say-real-crime-is-ecocide.html
 
 
 
 
and from Plane Stupid’s website:

14.6.2010

Climate 9 trial begins in Aberdeen


Support the Climate 9

 The first major climate trial since the failure of the Copenhagen talks has begun
in Aberdeen Sheriff’s court this morning. Nine defendants from Plane Stupid Scotland
will face charges of Breach of the Peace and vandalism after
closing down Aberdeen Airport in March 2009.

The group intend to take the battle for climate justice from the court of public
opinion to the court of law in Scotland. They plan to highlight the social and
environmental impacts of expanding the airport which they argue will mainly benefit
a proposed luxury hotel and golf complex owned by business tycoon Donald Trump.

Interest has been building around the case since Climate 9 public campaigns were
launched in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and London, which have drawn global and local
support for the group and helped forge alliances with social justice campaigners
and racial justice movements.

The defendants are pleading not guilty on the grounds that their actions were
to prevent the larger crime of runaway climate change and have assembled a witness
list of world-renowned experts in climate related fields including public health
consultant Jenny Griffiths and Geoff Meaden, who contributed to the successful
Kingsnorth 6 defence as a flooding and mapping expert.

The defendants were joined outside court by around 50 friends, families and supporters.

For more information, statements of support and how you can help the Climate
9 see:
http://www.climate9.com/ Or contact info@climate9.com or ring 077655 01687.

 

see also
 
BBC     14.6.2010
 

Nine face Aberdeen Airport protest trial

 

Nine people who allegedly forced Aberdeen Airport to close down during a protest
have gone on trial.

It follows an incident at the airport involving a group called Plane Stupid in
March 2009.

The nine face charges including breach of the peace and vandalism.

About 40 climate change protesters gathered outside Aberdeen Sheriff Court before
the start of the trial, which is expected to last several days.

The accused are said to have cut a security fence and locked themselves to fencing
they erected on an aircraft taxiing area, preventing take-offs or landings.

The nine – eight from Scotland and one from England – are also charged with climbing
on to the roof of the terminal building and displaying a banner.

Airport security officer Claire Sandison, 26, told the trial she spotted a group
of people piecing together a square of metal fencing when on patrol in the early
hours of 3 March.

Under cross examination by defence lawyer George Gebbie QC, Ms Sandison said
when she carried out her patrol at 0100 GMT the airport was open to emergency
flights only, and there were no such flights that morning.

‘Safe area’

The witness agreed with Mr Gebbie when he said: “Effectively, Aberdeen Airport
was shut at that time.”

She also agreed the site of the fencing, the holding point on the taxiway, was
a “safe area for vehicles to taxi on”.

He said: “When you are here, you don’t present any danger to what is on the runway?
It is, by definition, a safe area?”

Ms Sandison agreed, but later said it was a safe area “when there’s permission”.

She agreed that air traffic control gives clearance for people to use the taxiway
“to stop dangerous situations developing”, and said the people she saw had not
been given permission.

The defendants are Mark Andrews, 26, from Edinburgh; William Boggia, 44, from
Ballater, Aberdeenshire; Matilda Gifford, 25, Daniel Glass, 26, Emilia Karwowska,
20, Jonathan Agnew, 24, and Josephine Hanson, 25, all from Glasgow; James Kerr,
35, from Paisley, Renfrewshire; and Katherine Mackay, 21, from Shipley, West Yorkshire.

All nine deny the charges against them.

The trial continues on Tuesday.
 
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/north_east_orkney_and_shetland/10308202.stm
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

see also

 

Aberdeen Climate9 trial starts on 14th June

Date Added: 8th June 2010

The Climate9′s trial starts in Aberdeen on 14th June. The 9 are charged with
vandalism and breach of the peace. Their defence, at the most important climate
change trial ever in Scotland, will be that they committed a smaller crime, in
order to prevent a larger one. That was the defence that won the case for the
Kingsnorth Six in September 2008.   You can send the Climate9 a message of support,
or read the dozens from around the world.

Click here to view full story…

 

 

and the biographies of the nine

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Aberdeen Climate9 trial starts on 14th June



www.climate9.com trial starts June 14th in Aberdeen at 11am.

Support the Climate 9

“Climate9″ trial – for Aberdeen runway invasion – to start on 14th June

Date Added: 17th May 2010

The Climate9 is the group of Plane Stupid activists who invaded the runway at
Aberdeen Airport in March 2009. Their trial starts on 14th June (delayed from
9th June). Their defence is that they committed a small crime in order to prevent
the much larger crime, of damaging the climate. They are remarkably brave people,
who believe passionately in the need to stop climate change, and have taken a
huge risk with their own liberty and quality of life, in order to do so.   Click here to view full story…

 

On June 14th, the Climate9 will be tried for vandalism and breach of the peace.
The Climate9 defence committee are a wide group of organisations and individuals
who support the actions of anti-aviation campaigners who took direct action against
airport expansion in Aberdeen in March 2009. These 9 activists now face a court
case which could get them years in prison.  They believe that the Climate9 should
be rewarded for their actions and not punished. If you agree that climate change.  
If you agree that climate change is an urgent threat which is already costing
lives and the destroying ecosystems that support us,  and that those in power need
a radical wake-up call, you can join  the  Climate9  to stand up for those who are
doing just that.  

Statements of Support:

The Climate9 need as many statements of support as possible.     info@climate9.com.    Write one for yourself or your organisation now…  You can see the many statements
already sent in on the Climate9 website.  

 Below are a few of them from around the world, and from individuals and leaders
of numerous organisations and groups – which you can see on the “Quote Rotator”:

 

“Climate change is a serious threat to humanity and to the planet. Governments
are failing to take effective action and we understand that the Climate 9 are
attempting to fill the gap. We wish them and their legal team the very best in
making their case in court”.


“As parents, and as human beings, we share the Climate 9′s real and justified
concern at the short term focus of those who have in their hands the guardianship
of our planet. Time is not on our side”

“That citizen’s action should replace government inaction – to ensure that legally
binding emission reduction targets are met – is entirely appropriate. Its too
late to wait, and its all too clear on whose side real justice belongs”.

“One of the big issues of the 21st century is undoubtedly that of climate change.  
Not only its implications for human existence but also for global justice.  I
support the work of those engaged in bringing light to shine on this matter of
paramount importance for our future.  I offer my solidarity to the Climate 9 defence
committee in their struggle for justice.”

“The Climate9 represent a group of interested, well informed and concerned citizens
who have an important and valid message to communicate.   The Government should
be inviting them into discussions about aviation proposals and welcoming their
views as part of a healthy deliberative debate on the future of air travel in
Britain, rather than marginalising them and treating them as criminals”.

“Those who oppose aviation expansion are trying protect people and the environment.
 I totally support their non-violent direct action and I absolutely believe they
should not in any way suffer for it.  If our laws result in brave people like
these being sent to prison, then justice has failed.   The laws are wrong, not
the people.”


“The time for talk is long over – the time has come for action.   I support the
Climate 9 action because they drew attention to climate change here, in Scotland,
as well as around the world.   People have to realise that flying will become economically
untenable and we must prepare for the inevitable now to avoid future shocks.  
Despite all the talk about tackling climate change, we are not actually preparing
for a future when energy is expensive and limited.   That future is not far away
- we cannot prepare too soon.”

“It is important to support people who are proactive in taking action to prevent
climate change. Climate9 are acting selflessly, on behalf of the earth and for
future generations; taking it upon themselves to make a statement for people worldwide
whose cries have been ignored.   They have joined a group of committed selfless
people the world over, who are ready to see a change in human behaviour on earth.  
In taking action to address climate change, they have put themselves on the line
completely. “

“It is easy to promise action on climate change – as a whole range of government
policies and international treaties can attest.   Behind the abstract targets,
though, the same old business practices continue, aided and abetted by government
support for airport expansion and aviation fuel subsidies. Those are the acts
of ‘climate criminals’, whereas the brave and vital stand taken by the Climate
9 should be welcomed for advancing the cause of climate justice.”


“I am very proud of my brother for making a stand for justice. We learnt from
our grandparents, who survived WWII, that if we see disaster looming, it is essential
that we speak out, for us, our kids and for generations to come. Whatever the
price they have to pay for speaking the truth, the Climate9 are publicly prepared
to do to help bring justice for those badly affected by climate change.”

“Dan Glass  has always passionately believed that those fortunate enough to receive
an education have a duty to use it for the betterment of society and the planet.  
As President of the University of Sussex Students’ Union Dan worked tirelessly
through formal and informal channels to make real, positive change and inspired
many other young people to fight for what they believed in and to actively question
the decisions and the decision makers within our society.   A healthy society needs
these people.”

“In my experience governments are often enabled to change their views by people
who have the moral bravery to challenge unjust laws and unwise decisions.   Pursuing
a policy of airport expansion whilst continuing to talk about environmental concern
is one illustration of inconsistent government.   I personally appreciate the actions
of the Climate 9 (and of Plane Stupid) as they challenge all of us – governments
and law makers included – to face up to the reality that our actions need to live
up to our rhetoric.”

“Civilisation has never progressed by squatting in its comfort zone.   The great
human breakthroughs have always been led by small clusters of brave individuals
taking costly stands.  History will be the ultimate court of opinion that will
judge the climate protestors. In so doing, may its hand not be forced to judge
our wider British society too harshly”

“Climate change is an unfolding public health catastrophe which is already killing
people and damaging the health of populations around the world.   Aviation makes
a significant contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.   Dan Glass and his colleagues
are public health advocates who deserve our support.”

When Stephen Hester, CEO of RBS was asked at their AGM in Edinburgh April 2010
why he invested millions of taxpayers money into environmentally destructive projects,
his response was "it is not a crime!"

If the banks won’t listen, and our governments won’t listen then it is time for
the people to stand up and be heard.   The crime here is not the conscience of
the people, it is those who are ignoring the truth of the destruction that airport
expansion brings with it.   I salute the Climate 9 for standing up for what can
only be right, to protect the planet against the march of ecocide.”

“The UK government has shown remarkable hypocrisy in it’s acknowledgement of
the urgency of the climate threat when it continues to encourage the growth of
what is already the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.   It is
our duty as citizens to inform and encourage our representatives to do the right
thing, and to do the right thing ourselves when they refuse.   I commend the nine
activists involved in this case. “

 

…. and there are many, many more statements of support….

 

You can follow the Climate9 on Twitter at   http://twitter.com/Climate_9

and on Facebook at   http://www.facebook.com/pages/Climate9/116442351708463?ref=search

 

Here is some background to the trial process in Scotland, from the Climate9:

 

Criminal Prosecutions in Scotland

Criminal Prosecutions in Scotland take place under either Summary or Solemn Procedure.  

Summary procedure relates to the less serious criminal matters and is dealt with in either
the District Court on in the local appropriate Sheriff Court.   These proceedings
are dealt with by a Sheriff, a Justice of the Peace or, in Glasgow only, a Stipendiary
Magistrate sitting alone.

More serious matters are dealt with under Solemn procedure.   These are matters which are dealt with either a Judge in the High
Court sitting with a Jury or by a Sheriff sitting in the local Sheriff Court also
sitting with a Jury.

All Prosecutions under Solemn procedure are at the instance of Her Majesty’s
Advocate, the Prosecutor in Scotland.   In Sheriff Court proceedings the Lord Advocate
is represented by a local Procurator Fiscal Depute and in the High Court by an
Advocate Depute.    

A Jury in Scotland consists of 15 members of the public chosen at random prior
to the start of a Trial.   The Defence are not allowed to challenge the selection
of any witness except on cause shown.   A Juror is taken oath prior to the commencement
of a Trial to "well and truly try the accused according to the evidence".   Before
the commencement of evidence Juror members are admonished by the Judge to declare
any special interest or knowledge they may have in the proceedings.   If a person
declares such an interest the usual practice is for him/her to be excused from
sitting as a Juror in that case.

There are no opening speeches in Scottish Trials in either Summary or Solemn
procedure.   It is for the Prosecution to prove their case by leading evidence
which is sufficient, credible and reliable.   The burden of proof lies with the
Crown and the standard of proof in Criminal Trials is beyond reasonable doubt.  
Accordingly, the Crown opens its case by calling it’s first witness.   Other than
having the charge or charges read over to them the Jury should have no particular
knowledge of the case before them.  

Evidence is taken from a Crown Witness firstly by the prosecutor and then the
witness is cross-examined by each of the accused if the accused Counsel thinks
it appropriate.   This process is repeated throughout the entire Crown case.   It
is not necessary for the Defence to cross-examine any witnesses although the Defence
must set out the basis of the Defence in the course of cross-examination of Crown
witnesses.

At the end of the evidence of Crown witnesses it is open to the Defence if they
deem it appropriate to make legal submissions about the sufficiency of evidence
led at that point.   The purpose of this is to argue that the evidence which has
been led is insufficient to establish a prima facie case against an accused person.  
If this argument succeeds the Trial is brought to an end at that point.   It may
succeed in part leading to deletion of certain averments from the charge or it
may fail in which case it is up to the Defence to choose to lead evidence if felt
appropriate.

There is no requirement for an accused person to give evidence in his own case.  
If an accused person chooses to do so he is examined in chief in the first instance
by his/her own Counsel and thereafter cross-examined by Counsel for the other
accused, if any, and the Crown.   The rules of procedure are precisely the same
during the Defence case.

At the end of the Defence case all of the evidence should have been led.   If
there is any evidence which has been agreed prior to the Trial between the Crown
and the accused this will now be made known to the Jury through the reading over
of a document referred to as a Joint Minute.    

Thereafter there are speeches firstly by the Crown, secondly by the Defence and
finally directions on the law by the Judge or Sheriff.   At the close of directions
the Jury are sent out to consider their verdict.

There are three verdicts available in Scotland.   They are guilty, not guilty
and not proven.    

To return a verdict of guilty a Jury of 15 requires to return a simply majority
that is there must be eight in support of guilt.

To return a verdict of acquittal, that is not guilty or not proven, there again
requires to be a majority in favour of acquittal albeit not necessarily eight
for not guilty or eight for not proven but simply a combination of both mounting
to eight.   There is no distinction between not guilty and not proven.

Sentencing in Scotland is entirely a matter for the Judge or Sheriff.   In cases
proceeding in the Sheriff Court before a Sheriff and Jury the Sheriff has a maximum
sentencing power of 5 years in custody although he/she may, if he deems the matter
to be particularly serious, remit the matter to the High Court for sentence.
 

 

 

see also

 

the Independent report on the verdict in September 2008 on the Kingsnorth Six:

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/cleared-jury-decides-that-threat-of-global-warming-justifies-breaking-the-law-925561.html

11.9.2008

Jurors accepted defence arguments that the six had a “lawful excuse” to damage
property at Kingsnorth power station in Kent to prevent even greater damage caused
by climate change. The defence of “lawful excuse” under the Criminal Damage Act
1971 allows damage to be caused to property to prevent even greater damage – such
as breaking down the door of a burning house to tackle a fire.

The not-guilty verdict, delivered after two days and greeted with cheers in the
courtroom, raises the stakes for the most pressing issue on Britain’s green agenda
and could encourage further direct action. …… continues ….

 


 

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Protest by the German Robin Wood group against Frankfurt airport expansion

3.6.2010 (Robin Wood campaign in Germany – Frankfurt)

* Less Air Traffic for More Effective Climate Politics

* ROBIN WOOD-Climbing Activists in Frankfurt Against Airport Expansion


“Save the Climate: Stop Airport Expansion”: a 130 cubic meter banner with this
demand was unfurled from the arm of a building crane on the construction site
for the expansion of the Rhein-Main-Airport near Frankfurt (Main) by ROBIN WOOD
activists this morning at approximately 6am.

The activists publicly criticize the UN climate talks which are currently taking
place in Bonn.   Their message: “Don’t wait for governments to save the climate.
Become active yourself, create pressure from the base and join together to resist
environmentally unfriendly development, such as the expansion of airports like
in Frankfurt.”

“In Bonn they’re talking about reducing climate change and here work is being
done to further the climate catastrophe,” remarked ROBIN WOOD activist Daniel
Häfner. “We demand a stop to airport expansions.”

Greenhouse gas emissions in international air travel have increased by 50% since
the Kyoto Protocol.   More than 3 million planes already traverse German airspace
every year.  

The three largest German airports of Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin are currently
being expanded or are set

to begin expansion soon, which alone would lead to a doubling of airport capacity
and the negation of national climate protection goals.

“National and state politicians talk about protecting the climate, but do everything
in their power to do just the opposite,” said Häfner.     “We’re tired of the hypocrisy.  
Instead of words we want to see action. In the aviation industry this means taxing
kerosine in order to fund climate protection projects in the global South and
no more airport expansions.”

After the failure of the climate talks in Copenhagen, ROBIN WOOD continues to
see the importance of mobilizing for climate protection from the base.   This begins
with one’s own lifestyle and consumption

practices, but means much more.   For example, involving oneself in local initiatives
in order to together fight for climate protection and climate justice.

For the individual, there is no one more effective way to harm the climate so
fast, so intensively and so inexpensively than through air travel.  It is therefore
an important contribution to climate protection to no longer, or at least more
seldomly, fly.

At only the Rhein-Main airport already half a million planes takeoff and land
yearly.   Through the construction of the new landing strip, which is scheduled
to be opened at the end of 2011, an increase to up to one million planes is possible.
 In order to make room for their new asphalt strip, Fraport had approximately
250 hectares of mixed forest cleared; trampling on both the flora and fauna of
the region, as well as the citizen’s initiatives and ROBIN WOOD and independent
activists who stood in their way.

ROBIN WOOD is also involved in the activities surrounding the UN climate change
talks in Bonn and invites you to join the demonstration for climate justice on
Saturday, June 5th.   The demonstration begins at the

Kaiserplatz in Bonn at 13:00. More information can be found at:    
http://www.klimawelle.de

Monika Lege, Transportation Campaigner, verkehr@robinwood.de

Ute Bertrand, Press Contact, presse@robinwood.de

Photo and film material can also be obtained from Ute Bertrand, Photo: www.robinwood.de

 

http://www.robinwood.de/Newsdetails.13+M5f62a80f729.0.html

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Climate protest by Plane Stupid briefly closes Manchester Airport

Climate change protestors close Manchester airport for 20 minutes
 
24.5.2010     (Manchester Evening News)
 

They ran across the airfield to the Monarch Airlines plane and formed a human circle around the undercarriage of the stationary plane using arm tube lock-ons.
 
 
Six climate change protesters breached security and surrounded a jet at Manchester
Airport, shutting the airport down for 20 minutes.

The protesters caused all operations at the airport to be suspended after cutting
through perimeter fencing at about 7.30am.

They ran across the airfield to the Monarch Airlines plane and formed a human
circle around the undercarriage of the stationary plane using arm tube lock-ons.

Six flights were diverted to other airports during the short shut-down.

The protest was carried out by activists from the Manchester Plane Stupid group.

A second group blockaded the road entrance to the World Freight Terminal and
unfurled a flag reading ‘More airfreight = more climate change’.

The group are campaigning against a recent decision to expand the terminal which
will mean the demolition of historic homes on Hasty Lane

Lisa Jameson from Manchester Plane Stupid said: "This isn’t just about airport
expansion or rising carbon emissions.

"This is about challenging an economic system based on the absurdity of infinite
growth on a planet of finite resources, a system which prioritises bail-outs for
the banks and then makes us pay for it in public service cuts. Capitalism is the
cause of the problem, climate change is just a symptom."

A sweep was made of the airfield to check there were no other protesters before
police moved in and attempted to remove them.


While the incident was on going the airport was closed to all inbound and outbound
traffic.

An airport employee who has just turned up for work said: “I received a message
to say that the airport has been closed following security issues on the airport.

He added: “I understand that climate change protesters broke through a security
fence in the Cargo area at the airport and have now surrounded an Airbus.

"I did see protesters at the Cargo area of the airport as I was coming into work”.

 
http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/transport/s/1240834_climate_change_protestors_close_airport_for_20_minutes
 
 
 
http://www.planestupid.com/
 
 
see also
 
 
 
UK Indymedia       http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2010/05/451934.html
 

Manchester Plane Stupid Breach Airside Security in Airport Protest

 
Activists from the group Manchester Plane Stupid have breached airside security
at Manchester Airport today in a protest against the expansion of the airport.
The protest involves two groups. The first group of 6 people cut through the perimeter
fence and created a human circle around a stationary plane using arm tube lock-ons.

A second group have used tripods to blockade the road entrance to the World Freight
Terminal preventing airfreighted goods from being taken in or out. They have unfurled
a banner reading: "More air freight = more climate change. Stop all airport expansion
now."

The group are protesting against the recent decision to expand the World Freight
Terminal which will involve the demolition of historic homes on Hasty Lane.

Lisa Jameson from Manchester Plane Stupid said, "This isn’t just about airport
expansion or rising carbon emissions. This is about challenging an economic system
based on the absurdity of infinite growth on a planet of finite resources, a system
which prioritises bail-outs for the banks and then makes us pay for it in public
service cuts. Capitalism is the cause of the problem, climate change is just a
symptom."

Following the recent decision to stop expansion at Heathrow, Gatwick and Stanstead
airports, the aviation industry is likely to look to regional airports such as
Manchester to increase profits.

"The third runway at Heathrow was stopped because ordinary people stood up to
the government at the time and the aviation industry using a broad range of tactics.
Direct action has historically played an important role in creating social change
and will continue to do so."

The aviation industry consistently overstate their importance in creating jobs
and their contribution to the economy.

The lack of tax on aviation fuel is costing the UK economy £9 billion per year.
There is also a tourism deficit in the North West region of £2.2 billion.[1] That
is the difference between what Britons flying abroad spend in foreign countries
and what foreign visitors spend in the North West.

Each round of airport expansion is justified on the promise of more and more
jobs. In the 1990s Manchester Airport promised to create 50,000 jobs with the
second runway – but the actual number was far lower. We need to begin a just transition
to a low carbon economy by creating jobs in sustainable industries such as rail
and renewables"

Annie McLaughlin said, "Recently, we’ve seen attempts by British Airways to use
the courts to overturn workers’ right to strike. We support the rights of all
workers to fight for good conditions. It is essential that the changes needed
to prevent climate change are not used as an excuse to restrict workers rights."

The airport, which is owned by local councils, has kept local residents in the
dark about the proposed expansion plans, failing to adequately inform them that
their homes face demolition.

McLaughlin continued, "The proposed expansion of the freight terminal makes no
sense, economically or environmentally. The existing capacity is not fully utilized
and an expansion would simply be a stepping stone to expansion of the airport
as a whole, which would be an environmental disaster."

" With the planet on the verge of climate breakdown it is essential that the
real cost of aviation expansion is taken seriously – currently emissions from
aviation are not included in Manchester City Council’s Climate Change Action Plan."

The protesters say they are locked on to halt emissions and are prepared to stay
for as long as it takes to get their message across.

Notes to Editors

[1] Brendon Sewill, ‘Airport Jobs: False Hopes, Cruel Hoax’

 http://www.aef.org.uk/uploads/Airport_jobs___false_hopes_cruel_hoax.pdf

 
 
 
see also
 
 
24.5.2010   (BBC)

Protesters have cut through a perimeter fence at Manchester Airport and chained
themselves to the wheels of a plane.

Members of the group Manchester Plane Stupid are demonstrating against the expansion
of the World Freight Centre.

A spokesman for the airport said six people cut a hole in the fence and flights
were suspended for 20 minutes following the security breach.

Police are currently working on removing the protesters, who started their demonstration
at about 0700 BST.

A further 10 environmental activists from the group are currently at the road
entrance to the terminal.

A banner reading “More air freight more climate change. Stop all airport expansion
now” has been unfurled at the site.

Remote area

The freight terminal, situated off junction 6 of the M56 motorway, currently
handles 170,000 tonnes of inbound and outbound freight every year.   (see note
below).



The airport is open for business as usual


Manchester Airport spokesman

By 2015 the airport expects to increase that capacity to around 250,000 tonnes
of cargo per year.

Annie McLaughlin, from Manchester Plane Stupid, said: “The airport, which is
owned by local councils, has kept local residents in the dark about the proposed
expansion plans, failing to adequately inform them that their homes face demolition.”

She said expanding the freight terminal would be “an environmental disaster”.

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “At around 0710 BST protestors cut through
a fence at Manchester Airport and gained access to a remote area of the airfield.

“They also staged a simultaneous protest at the airport’s freight centre. The
disruption to the airport’s operations was minimal and the airport is open for
business as usual.”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/8700156.stm

Comment by an AirportWatch member:
 
Quote:   ‘The freight terminal, situated off junction 6 of the M56 motorway, currently
handles 170,000 tonnes of inbound and outbound freight every year ‘
 
Actually, Manchester airport handled 103,000 tonnes fair freight in 2009 and
142,000 in 2008.   So where did the 170,000 tonnes pa come from?   Just exaggeration?
Or maybe the Manchester airport is manipulating the data by including some road
freight in the total – note the report doesn’t actually say air freight – just freight.  
 
Anyway it just goes to show you shouldn’t believe everything you read  in the
press – even from BBC
 
 
CAA Air  Freight figures:
CAA Air Freight statistics 1999 – 2009       (annual figures, table 13.2)

 
2009         102,532   (down – 26% on 2008)
2008         141,781   (down -14% from 2007)
2007         165,366   (up +  11% from 2006)

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“Climate9″ trial – for Aberdeen runway invasion – to start on 14th June

17.5.2010

The Climate9 is the group of Plane Stupid activists who invaded the runway at
Aberdeen Airport in March 2009.   Their trial starts on 14th June (delayed from
9th).   Their defence is that they committed a small crime in order to prevent
the much larger crime, of damaging the climate.   They are remarkably brave people,
who have taken a huge risk with their own liberty and quality of life, in order
to fight to prevent climate change.

The trial will be an important one in the field of climate justice.

The Climate9 defence committee will be launching their campaign for support and
solidarity on Thursday 20th May 6.30-8pm at WordPower Bookshop, 43-45   West Nicolson
Street, Edinburgh.   The evening will feature speakers from the Climate9 Defence
Committee, details of the case from the lawyers, discussion on direct action and
using the courts to call for real justice, a chance to meet the activists

The Climate9 website is at     http://www.climate9.com/    

(The website has lots on it, but is remarkably slow to load each page ….)

They are asking for as many statements of support as possible, from individuals
and organisations.  

Many people within AirportWatch will be supporting the Climate9.   The emissions
from the

UK
’s regional airports are surprisingly high.   In 2008 airports outside of Heathrow,
Stansted, Gatwick, Luton and City accounted for just over a quarter of all missions
from

UK
airports.   So far traditional campaigning has not stopped the relentless growth
of regional airports.

The Climate9  website says:

On June 9th, the Climate9 will be tried for vandalism and breach of the peace.
The Climate9 defence committee are a wide group of organisations and individuals
who support the actions of anti-aviation campaigners who took direct action against
airport expansion in Aberdeen in March 2009. These 9 activists now face a court
case which could get them years in prison. We believe that the Climate9 should
be rewarded for their actions and not punished.

On March 3rd 2009 nine protesters including a call centre manager, a chef, a
father, an artist and a university lecturer occupied the runway and erected a
makeshift golf course at Aberdeen airport in a
direct action against it’s planned expansion, which is being pushed through to serve Donald Trump’s enormous planned golf course and hotel complex. Their action aimed to use this example to draw attention to the fallacy of
plans to expand all seventeen Scottish airports which could triple Scottish aviation
emissions, up passenger numbers to 67.9 million a year (in a country of only 5.1
million people!), pump up to 3.4 million tonnes more carbon into our atmosphere,
render Scotland’s celebrated climate change bill meaningless and accelerate
man-made climate change which is already taking it’s toll on our planet and its people. Scotland’s aviation
emissions already make up 11% of the UK’s aviation emissions. 60% of Scotland’s
flights are domestic.

The aviation campaigners from Plane Stupid calculated that during the 5 hour
protest they prevented at least 107 tonnes of carbon from being emitted (enough
to heat 200 Scottish homes for a month). Their action also drew huge publicity
to the issue of the UK aviation sector (where emissions are sky-rocketting faster
than any other UK sector) and has put pressure on the government to re-examine
plans for more and bigger airports all over Britain.

The Climate9 now face the court case which will allow them to follow recent precedents and stand up to defend their brave actions which were taken to prevent a much
greater danger to future generations, and the survival of much of life as we know
it on this planet. They are united by the understanding that by the time the effects
of
runaway climate change are apparent in the UK, it will be too late to stop their catastrophic and unstoppable
effects. They know that we have to act now if we are to have any chance of preventing
this suffering and upheaval.

The Climate9 are faced with potential charge of several years for Breach of the
Peace. Since taking this action they have been hounded by undercover police, harassed
and needlessly stopped in the street, have had their phones bugged and are being
called domestic terrorists.

They need all the help and public support that they can get to challenge the values of a legal system which too often
undermines, rather than supports, the integrity and health of the Earth; and lets
the real criminals go free while persecuting those brave enough to speak out for
justice and future generations.

"Whatever the price we have to pay for speaking the truth, the Climate9 are publicly
prepared to do so and bring justice for those detrimentally affected by climate
change. This is supposed to be a democratic country and we can participate in
political activity. The Climate9 will not uphold increasing state and police repression
and camouflage the war that is climate injustice. All over the world people demanding
climate justice have complained to the magistrates about magistrates, complained
to the judges about judges and complained to the politicians about politicians.
It’s time we did something for ourselves. Whatever happens to us, the Climate9
trial is an opportunity to spread the need for urgent action and to challenge
the authorities with pride and confidence."

 

An email the campaign has sent out today is below:

CLIMATE DEFENCE IS NOT AN OFFENCE

Solidarity with the Climate 9

www.climate9.com

  

” The Climate9 defence committee will be launching their campaign for support
and solidarity on Thursday 20th May 6.30-8pm at WordPower Bookshop, 43-45   West
Nicolson Street, Edinburgh. The evening will feature speakers from the Climate9
Defence Committee, details of the case from the lawyers, discussion on direct
action and using the courts to call for real justice, a chance to meet the activists
and climate-action bingo! You are invited to RSVP ASAP to
info@climate9.com Tel 075351 47478 and check out our newly launched website on http://www.climate9.com.

Spread the word-

If you have a website then please put our link to your site (feel free to use
any information below on the website), print the poster and plaster around town,
speak to the media and if you have a blog then get blogging and send this link
far and wide.
 

The Climate9 Defence Committee are a wide group of organisations and individuals who support the actions
of anti-aviation campaigners who took
direct action against airport expansion in Aberdeen in March 2009. These 9 activists now face a court case which could get them years in prison.

They need all the help and public support that they can get to challenge the values of a legal system which too often
undermines, rather than supporting, the integrity and health of the Earth; and
lets the real criminals go free while persecuting those brave enough to speak
out for justice and future generations.

We believe that the Climate9 should be rewarded for their actions and not punished. If you agree that climate
change is an urgent threat which is already costing lives and destroying ecosystems
that support us, and that those in power need a radical wake-up call, please
join us to stand up for those who are doing just that. We need as many statements of
support as possible.
Write one for yourself or your organisation now.

And don’t stop there. Organise events and actions relevant to you and your community
on climate change and in support of the Climate9. If you want a supporter of the
Climate9 or one of the defendants to come email us and use the attention of the
trial to highlight the need for necessary action to stop irreversible climate
change in your community.

“Civilisation has never progressed by squatting in its comfort zone. The great
human breakthroughs have always been led by small clusters of brave individuals
taking costly stands. History will be the ultimate court of opinion that will
judge the climate protestors. In so doing, may its hand not be forced to judge
our wider British society too harshly.”
Professor Alastair McIntosh, Centre for Human Ecology.

‘Whatever the price we have to pay for speaking the truth, the Climate9 are publicly
prepared to do so, to try and bring justice for those detrimentally affected by
climate change. This is supposed to be a democratic country and we can participate
in political activity. The Climate9 will not uphold increasing state and police
repression and camouflage the war that is climate injustice. All over the world
people demanding climate justice have complained to the magistrates about magistrates,
complained to the judges about judges and complained to the politicians about
politicians. It’s time we did something for ourselves. Whatever happens to us,
the Climate9 trial is an opportunity to spread the need for urgent action and
to challenge the authorities with pride and confidence.’
Dan Glass, Climate9 defendant

‘I am really proud of my daughter Kate and what she is doing.   It takes courage
to make a stand and to take direct action.  It is so so important to look after
and respect the planet – our stay on this planet is a very brief one but the impact
we have is greater than we have the capacity to imagine. I am glad that Kate is
passionate about a sustainable future and willing to do something about it.’
Anne Mackay – mother of Kate

Your support is deeply appreciated. We hope to see you there, or hear from you
soon!
 

The Climate9 Defence Committee xxx

Climate9 Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Climate9/116442351708463?ref=ts   ”

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Plane Stupid targets Red Bull-sh*t over London City Airport plan

26.4.2010           You Tube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81LjmBbOoWo

Environmental campaign group, Plane Stupid, has deposited a large mound of manure
outside the south London HQ of soft drink giant Red Bull. Three activists, dressed
as ‘avenging air hostesses’ in wigs and mini-dresses the same colour as the company’s
logo, crowned the mound with placards reading: ‘Red Bull-sh*t’, ‘Red Bull gives
you (plane) wings’ and ‘No second runway by stealth.’
 
The move was prompted by the revelation that Red Bull has applied for planning
permission to build an aerodrome opposite London City Airport.
 
The company claims that the new control tower, runway and helipads would support
its annual air race on the River Thames.  
 
But there are growing fears that the company is working with London City Airport
and Newham Council to introduce a new heliport and permanent runway for private
jets through the back door. ‘We believe Red Bull’s claim is bullsh*t and we’re
telling them so,’ said spokeswoman Elizabeth Baines.  
 
‘London City Airport is positioning itself a major hub for City executives,’
Elizabeth continued.   ‘We suspect that Red Bull’s planning application is an underhand
way of helping the airport to attract private jet and helicopter users. That way,
they won’t have to deal with fierce opposition from people in East London who
are sick and tired of the noise and pollution from the airport.’
 
London City Airport has been feeling the heat recently.   Local campaign group
Fight The Flights (FTF) has launched a High Court bid to stop the airport from
expanding its flights volume by 50%.   Six local councils have publically supported
FTF’s bid.   The Greater London Assembly’s Environment Committee is also holding
a probe into the effects of the expansion.
 
‘We insist that Newham council turns down this planning application.  Red Bull
may have high flying ideas but this time we think their wings should be clipped,’
Elizabeth added.


 
There is a great little video on You Tube, showing the three georgeous girls
in action in their air hostess costumes.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81LjmBbOoWo
 
 
 
Notes to the editor
 
In July 2009 Newham Council gave London City Airport permission to increase the
number of flights from 91,000 to 120,000 per year. Expansion was made conditional
on tougher environmental controls for air quality and noise levels.
 
The GLA’s review will look at environmental impacts such as noise, emissions
and air quality and whether current environmental safeguards and controls are
adequate.  
 
The six local councils opposing flight expansion at London City Airport are:
Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Bexley and Barking & Dagenham.
 
Red Bull’s HQ is on Tooley Street, South London.  
 
The proposed Red Bull aerodrome is situated in Beckton, East London.


 
ENDS
 
 
 
Red Bull Air Race Championships
 
The Red Bull air races are a sort of pointless air race, around obstacles.   Takes
place in a different location each year.   Details at  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Bull_Air_Race_World_Championship
 
 
“The Red Bull Air Race, established in 2003 and created by Red Bull, is an international series of air races in which competitors have to navigate a challenging obstacle course in the fastest
time. Pilots fly individually against the clock and have to complete tight turns
through a slalom course consisting of pylons, known as “Air Gates”.

The races are held mainly over water near cities, but are also held at airfields
or natural wonders. They are accompanied by a supporting program of show flights.
Races are usually flown on weekends with the first day for qualification then
knockout finals the day after. The events attract large crowds and are broadcast,
both live and taped, in many nations.

At each venue, the top nine places earn World Championship points. The air racer
with the most points at the end of the Championship becomes Red Bull Air Race
World Champion”


    Perth 2008

“Pilots are required to complete the 5–6-kilometre (3.1–3.7  mi) long track and
fly between the Air Gates following a predetermined race track configuration.
Failure to do this correctly results in penalty seconds being added to their race
time. Penalty seconds can be added for an incorrect passing of an Air Gate, incorrect
passing through the Chicane and for touching an Air Gate. For more serious breaches
of the rules, such as accelerating so that there are over 12
Gs in the cockpit, pilots can also be disqualified.

Three different gate types require a specific manner of crossing. Blue gates
must be crossed in level flight, red gates must be crossed in “knife-edge” or
vertical flight, and slalom flying through the chicane gates (knife or level flying
not mandatory).”
 

 crossing the Quadro in the prescribed knife-edge flight in Perth, 2006.
 
The competitions have taken place all over the world, but several have happened
in the UK, at Longleat, at RAF Kemble and on the Thames in London (in 2007 and
2008).

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Plane Stupid issues 48hr subvertising challenge in April

25.3.2010   (Plane Stupid)


It’s that time of year when every airline starts aggresively advertising for
your business. Well, we’ve had enough. Plane Stupid is inviting all of you to
take part in its very own subvertising competition.  
From Thursday 22nd April – Friday 23rd April
, we’ll be launching 48 hours of sticker-whacking, subvertising, adbusting pandemonium.

The aviation industry spends millions every year telling us that we’re no good
to anyone unless we keep flying with them.

So it’s time to hit back!  Like tobacco adverts, aviation advertising needs to
become a thing of the past. But until then, let’s subvertise. Any poster, advert
or billboard is fair game.

Whether you’re a first time activist looking for an easy way-in, or an old timer
looking for some light relief………it’s time to take to the streets and reclaim
some public space. Taking part is easy:

  1. You can download a choice of designs from our Flickr site, or use your design
    skills to make your own.
  2. Print them out on standard, non divided, A4 sticker paper (available from most
    printers and stationers)   for example Jessops link.
  3. Then find your nearest aviation advertisement.
  4. Stick ‘em up punk!
  5. Take photographs, set up a new temporary email adress in an internet cafe (under
    a pseudonym) and email your images to
    info@planestupid.com.

The group who stickers the most adverts in the 48 hour period wins. Wins what?
Prizes! We got the bumper crop of 5 spray cans, Culture Jam by Kalle Lasn, Do It Yourself, A handbook for changing our world, by the Trapese Collective and Scribbleboy by Philip Ridley to give away.

Of course don’t feel limited to individual stickers, think big! You can write
your own message on large stretches of blank wall paper to cover whole bill boards.
Make up some wall paper paste, get a paint roller, a stick it up. If necessary
- attach the roller to a broom handle for those
hard to reach places. Helpfully, there’s some great how-to guides on t’internet.

One last point. Please be respectful about where you sticker. Corporate nasties
are fine…..but the local old people’s homes may not appreciate your art on their
walls!

Use your head, and remember to dress well for the occasion – caps and scarfs
are the in thing this subvertising season. Some officers of the law may be convinced
that subvertising is borderline illegal, so take a friend as lookout, keep an
eye open for CCTV and don’t get caught.

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Plane Stupid brands Glasgow Airport Terminal 2 as unethical

12.2.2010     (Plane Stupid – Johnny’s blog)
 

On the day the world’s leaders were to release their global emissions target, Plane Stupid Scotland unveiled a new sign welcoming people to Glasgow
Airport. Giant letters read “T2 closed” and “Closed for Ethical Rethink”, pointing
to the increasingly struggling  airport.

The action is the first in a growing campaign to keep Terminal 2 shut for good.
It was closed over the winter as a cost saving measure after passenger numbers
fell by 11.3% to 7.2 million. Glasgow airport operates a huge number of short
haul and domestic flights.

Local residents have had fewer sleepless nights due to the decreased air traffic
and the airport’s emissions have also reduced from the 618,539 tonnes of Co2 it
emitted in 2008 (although unsurprisingly BAA won’t tell us by how much). This
trend must continue if we’re to meet our emissions targets, or the “world’s greatest Climate Change Bill” (copyright Scottish Parliament) will become the world’s biggest embarrassment.

Reggie Whittaker, who lives by Glasgow airport explained: “T2 really is plane stupid. It’s unsustainable and unnecessary.”

http://www.planestupid.com/blogs/2010/02/12/glasgow-airport-terminal-2-branded-unethical

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Climate Refugee Santas in London City Airport Protest

7.12.2009   (CLIMATE CAMP PRESS RELEASE)

You Tube video at     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2nVLdT19Ws

REFUGEE SANTAS VS POLICE AT LONDON CITY AIRPORT

20 Climate activists dressed as Santa Claus were pushed out of London City Airport
departures lounge today by police and security guards. Presents of cartoon books
about the problems with carbon trading, carbon ration books, and toy trains were
left undelivered. These were meant for the passengers on the final flight to Copenhagen
before the COP15 climate talks begin.
 

The Santas’ photographer was arrested. The activists managed to publish a picture
of the arrest on Twitter (1) along with another image of the Santas in action
(2)

The activists sang Climate Change-themed Christmas carols, including “Silent
Plight” and “God Rest We Merry Carbon Traders”, in the airport lobby.

A Santa Claus said: “The hypocrisy of flying to the Copenhagen talks is unbelievable.
It just goes to show that for the politicians and corporate lobbyists in Copenhagen,
these talks are no more than business as usual.

“If governments agree a deal based on false solutions like carbon trading, I
shall have to take direct action by getting stuck in a whole lot more chimneys”

 

 

 

 

 

Climate refugee santas at City Airport singing as the last flights leave before
Cop15 starts

 

(Also a photo of the photographer for Climate Refugee Santas being arrested )
 

Contact: 07040 900 905

press at climatecamp.org.uk

http://www.climatecamp.org.uk

NOTES FOR EDITORS

(1) http://twitpic.com/sf3yp

(2) http://twitpic.com/sf3ew

There is also a You tube video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2nVLdT19Ws
 
 
http://london.indymedia.org/articles/3278

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Plane Stupid turf Virgin Atlantic out of their seats at the PR awards

21.10.2009   (Plane  Stupid website and Media Monkey)


 

Last night seven Plane Stupid activists and one Heathrow resident popped over
to the PR Week Awards and
hijacked a table reserved for Virgin Atlantic. Virgin Atlantic have been strong advocates for the third runway at Heathrow
and expansion of Britain’s airports, which we thought they shouldn’t get away
with.

Dressed in glamourous evening wear, the activists entered the glitzy awards,
which celebrates the highlights of the year’s public relations work. They occupied
Virgin Atlantic’s table and refused to leave.

Christine Taylor, who lives next door to Heathrow and whose mother is due to
lose her home if Heathrow’s third runway goes ahead said:

It’s crazy to build more runways around London – we already have six. My mother
wants to live out her days in her own home, but the bully boys of aviation think
their profits are more important. Tonight at the PR awards we gave them a taste
of what it’s like to be turfed out of your rightful place.

http://www.planestupid.com/blogs/2009/10/21/plane-stupid-turf-virgin-atlantic-out-their-seats-pr-awards

 

and

 

Media Monkey

  

 

Protesters fly in for PR Week awards

 

PR industry gets a taste of its own medicine as Plane Stupid protestors drop
in to celebrate the art of public relations

 

You couldn’t make it up: PR awards bash halted… by PR stunt. The great and
the good of the UK PR industry got a bit of their own medicine at the annual
PR Week magazine awards last night. The swanky black tie affair, held at Grosvenor House on

Park Lane

, was infiltrated by members of airport activist group Plane Stupid. The interlopers
targeted the table booked by Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic. A kerfuffle ensued
during the dinner phase of the evening which reportedly resulted in five police
vehicles – and as many as 20 bobbies – turning up removing the Plane Stupid members. One awards goer said that in the resulting melee “one girl [was] being
pinned to the floor by about five police”. “It was a pretty blue chip response
being in

Park Lane

,” added another attendee. “There was an immense commotion, we think they must
have handcuffed themselves under the table as the place was swimming with staff.
We thought it was an embarassing stripogram or something, I mean you don’t expect
a stunt at the PR Week awards do you?” After about an hour of disruption the awards
were just getting underway, hosted by Alexander Armstrong, when one Plane Stupid
member who had eluded capture heckled the host. A shoo-in for best stunt of the
year at next year’s PR Week bash, surely?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/mediamonkeyblog

 

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