Extinction Rebellion postpones Heathrow drone protest plan

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FILE – In this Thursday, April 25, 2019 file photo, Extinction Rebellion climate change protesters hold up a banner near the Bank of England, in the City of London. The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion has postponed a plan to shut down London’s Heathrow Airport with drones after it was criticized by politicians and police. The anti-climate change group said Sunday, June 16 it would “not be carrying out any actions at Heathrow Airport in June or July.” (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, file)

LONDON (AP) — The environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion has postponed a plan to shut down London’s Heathrow Airport with drones after it was criticized by politicians and police.

The group that demands faster action against climate change said Sunday it would “not be carrying out any actions at Heathrow Airport in June or July this year.”

Details of the group’s plan were leaked last month. British Aviation Minister Charlotte Vere warned that “using drones to deliberately put people’s safety at risk carries a maximum life sentence.”

Extinction Rebellion said the allegation it was willing to endanger people’s lives “is a depressing and predictable smear.”

The group still aims to target the airport, Europe’s busiest, but said it would not fly drones within flightpaths, and would give two months’ notice so travelers could make other plans.

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