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    Emergency services surround protestors from the movement Black Lives Matter after they locked themselves to a tripod on the runway at London City Airport in London on September 6, 2016

    Police Confront Black Lives Matter Protesters Blocking London Airport Runway

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    Police are negotiating with the BLM protesters at the London City Airport, the Scotland Yard said in a statement on Tuesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Police are negotiating with the Black Lives Matter protesters who have staged a demonstration blocking the runway at the London City Airport, the Scotland Yard said in a statement on Tuesday.

    Earlier in the day, the airport said that protesters were causing flight disruptions by occupying the runway. The Black Lives Matter said the protest was to "highlight the UK's environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally."

    "Officers are currently on scene and are negotiating with them. We are awaiting the arrival of specialist resources that are able to 'unlock' the protestors," the police statement reads.

    ​According to the statement, there are currently nine protesters on the runway, who have erected a tripod and locked themselves together. The statement added that no arrests had been made so far.

    According to the London City Airport, all flights set to land there were diverted to the UK airports of Southend and Gatwick.

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