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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

    Black Lives Matter Activists Arrested After London City Airport Protest

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    Nine Black Live Matter Activists were arrected after they occupied the runway at London City Airport, according to local media.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A group of Black Live Matter Activists who occupied the runway at London City Airport on Tuesday morning has been arrested, local police said.

    "Nine people erected a tripod and have locked themselves together on the runway… All have now been removed from the runway and taken into police custody," London Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

    The police service added that the protesters were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and breaching London City Airport bylaws.

    Black Live Matter UK said in a statement that the action was taken to highlight Britain’s environmental impact on the lives of black people locally and globally.

    The protesters reportedly bypassed security by using a rubber dinghy to cross the docks.

    The group says the airport caters to people working in financial services making it a facility to help the wealthy.

    Black Lives Matter is an international activist movement that raises awareness of violence and systemic racism toward black people.

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