Heathrow protesters target Airbus

(13.8.2007     BBC)     Climate change protesters banned from campaigning at Heathrow
Airport have taken their demonstration to the Airbus Superjumbo factory in north
Wales.   Six campaigners boarded a barge carrying a wing from the company’s plant
in Broughton, Flintshire.

A spokesman for campaign group Plane Stupid said Broughton was targeted in reaction
to an injunction against protesters near London’s Heathrow.   North Wales Police
said the protesters were moved on after about an hour.     The Broughton plant produces
wings for the A380, the world’s largest passenger plane.     Six protesters from
Plane Stupid had “set up camp” on the barge on Monday morning, and had hoped to
remain on the barge until ministers came up with a “safe” aviation policy.   However
they were later carried off by Airbus security staff.

Leo Murray said: “Climate change is a global planetary emergency and aviation
is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions in Britain.   Extraordinary
times call for an extraordinary response, and that’s why we’ve set up a climate
camp under the wing of an Airbus super-jumbo.   Plane Stupid believes the manufacture
of thousands of new airliners to meet worldwide government-sponsored aviation
expansion puts any chance we have of defeating climate change at grave risk. ”

BBC   13.8.2007