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United Kingdom: Heathrow Protesters Scale British Parliament Roof

Source:  Copyright 2008, Reuters
Date:  February 28, 2008
Byline:  Peter Apps and Jeremy Lovell
Original URL: Status ONLINE


Protesters scaled the roof of Britain's parliament in a major security breach on Wednesday and threatened further direct action against government plans to expand London's Heathrow airport.

Environmental protesters from the "Plane Stupid" group scaled the Houses of Parliament to mark the end of a public consultation period on a third runway and sixth terminal at what is already the world's busiest international airport.

"NO THIRD RUNWAY," read one of the banners they unfurled and hung down the side of the building.

The demonstration followed another serious breach on Monday when Greenpeace activists penetrated Heathrow's own security to climb on an aircraft and wrap a banner around its tail plane.

"This is all about no third runway," Plane Stupid spokesman Malcolm Carroll said. "The direct action movement know we have got to take these protests to another level to get ...

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