Protester arrested after jumping fence on Nanaimo airport runway


Nanaimo –

An Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo protester was arrested by RCMP at Nanaimo Airport after he jumped a fence and stepped onto the tarmac on Monday.

The incident happened around 12:40 p.m. when the protest group gathered outside the airport terminal to protest the use of fossil fuels for airplanes.

It was part of a national protest at airports across Canada.

“We cannot afford to continue burning fossil fuels at the rate we burn and survive,” said Leah Morgan, coordinator of Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo.

The protest was part of a global climate protest campaign leading to a United Nations climate summit, according to Extinction Rebellion: (CTV News)

The protester who jumped over the fence was able to spray paint a message on the tarmac that said, “Close the tracks to stop the out of control climate extinction,” according to Extinction Rebellion.

Ladysmith RCMP arrived shortly after and arrested the man and transported him to their detachment.

“It hasn’t disrupted any of our flights, but (it’s) of great concern that they end up on the air side and put one of our passengers at risk,” said Dave Devana, President and CEO from Nanaimo Airport.

The protester was charged with mischief and later released until his next court appearance.

Today’s protest was part of a two-week daily protest campaign led by Extinction Rebellion chapters around the world.

The two-week protests lead to the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, which is due to take place in November in Glasgow, Scotland.

Extinction Rebellion Nanaimo is planning a large protest in the city’s harbor next weekend.

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