Protesters managed to break through the lines of the media blockade at last weekend’s Camp for Climate Act-ion long enough to engage in scuffles with an over-zealous police contingent that outnumbered the campers.
But fears of violence were unfounded as camp spokesperson Leila Harris insisted ‘we believe in unlawful protest when it is peaceful and justified’ (Reuters, 19 August).
Although themed as a global climate change protest, local residents, objecting to the property blight caused by the proposed third runway, gain the most benefit. Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, John McDonnell, heaped pressure on the Government, saying ‘we have got our message across like never before’ (The Guardian, 20 August).
Official spokespeople from business and the Government were noticeably absent, despite BAA and BP’s headquarters being targeted.
While The Times claimed to have uncovered a plot to invade runways (19 August), most infiltrators were more concerned about the smell of the ‘eco-toilets’ (Sharon Van Geuns, Sunday Mirror, 19 August). The Mirror spotted the legendary ‘Swampy’ among the 1000-plus protesters.