Climate protests in Amsterdam. activists blocked the runway of a private jet at Schiphol Airport
Hundreds climate activists On Saturday, he violated the runway at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, trying to stop the flight of private planes. the last show by protesters aiming to draw attention climate crisis.
Greenpeace Netherlands said “more than 500” Greenpeace and: Extinction Rebellion activists On Saturday afternoon, they were at Europe’s largest airport, according to a press release. A spokesman for Schiphol’s security forces could not confirm the number.
There were “more than 300” activists, a spokesman for the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, which polices the airport, told CNN.
Robert Capel admitted it was a “massive” demonstration but said air traffic would not be affected as the runway was exclusively used by private jets and no flights were scheduled until late Saturday night.
“This morning, activists gathered in a nearby forest carrying flags and banners with slogans such as ‘SOS for Climate’ and ‘Fly No More.’ At the same time, another group reached the airport on bicycles from the opposite side,” said Greenpeace.
Greenpeace pictures show groups of dozens of protesters sitting on the tarmac on the runway with multiple planes. Further images show displays inside the terminal.
More than 100 arrests have been made so far, Capel said. He added that he believed all arrests would be made by 10pm (local time), when he said the first flight was scheduled to take off. Security forces blocked the area and made it inaccessible from other parts of the airport, he commented.
The protesters “plan to shut down air traffic from the private jet terminal for as long as possible,” Greenpeace Netherlands spokeswoman Dewey Zloch said.
He continued. “The airport should reduce its flight movements, but instead is building a brand new terminal. The wealthy elite are using private jets more than ever, the most polluting means of flying. This is typical of the aviation industry, which does not seem to see that it is putting people at risk by exacerbating the climate crisis. This has to stop. We want fewer flights, more trains and a ban on unnecessary short-haul flights and private jets.”
Greenpeace warned authorities that there would be some activity in Schiphol weeks ago, Zloch, who was at the scene, told CNN. They did not disclose the exact location, he added.
Schiphol Airport CEO Ruud Sondag said activists should “feel welcome, but let’s keep things civil”.
He was responding to a previous letter from Greenpeace and stated that his goal was to achieve “emission-free airports by 2030 and net climate neutral aviation by 2050”.
“However, this is only possible if we all work together,” Sondag said in a statement released Friday.
“For our environment, government and society to come together, clear laws, regulations and proper permits are a necessity. We need clarity on this soon,” he added.
Elsewhere in Europe, two climate activists were arrested in Madrid, Spain, after they glued one of their hands to the frame of two Goya paintings at the Prado Museum on Saturday.
There was no apparent damage to the paintings, but the suspects have been charged with public disorder and damage, the press service of Spain’s National Police in Madrid told CNN.
The suspects, two Spanish women, wrote “+1.5C” on the wall between Goya’s Las Majas masterpieces, according to police.
Spanish activist group Futuro Vegetal tweeted a video of the museum’s protest. The group takes responsibility for the incident.
They described themselves as a “collective of civil disobedience and direct action in the fight against the climate crisis through the adoption of a plant-based food growing system.”
“Last week, the UN recognized that it is impossible to keep us from warming to 1.5 degrees (C) below the Paris Agreement limit compared to pre-industrial levels,” Futuro Vegetal tweeted.
Prado security officers quickly alerted the National Police, which has a perimeter security unit at the famous museum, and officers made the arrest within minutes, the police press service said.
The Paris Agreement, adopted by 196 parties at the UN COP 21 in December 2015, aimed to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The protest comes just one day before the start of the COP27 climate conference in Egypt.
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