Delegates arriving for a morale boosting dinner high above Tower Bridge were shielded by a line of police whilst subjected to jeers and chants of "Shame". A WPC blocked me from photographing the event until I provided a Press Card.
Protesters on the Bridge
This lady asked me to photograph her in case she was arrested
A delegate coach pulls up shielded by police
Arrested under an ancient byelaw.
FIT filming on the eastern side was more subtle than usual, but police had unearthed an ancient bye-law preventing anyone from standing still.
As a bye-law this is of course not an arrestable offense.
Except that City cops decided that refusing to comply - such as stopping to give out leaflets - is an arrestable offense, after which they made arrests under Section 25 of PACE.
Protesters made up a wide spectrum, from Critical Mass (who made two passes), Rising Tide, HACAN and NOTRAG (No Third Runway Group). Being by no means full time activists, the Heathrow based groups expressed surprise and disgust at the level and manner of policing. Several passed me their names to forward in case they were arrested.
Air transport is the fastest growing contributor to climate change. Fuelled by the cheap flight revolution, flights have doubled in the UK in the past 20 years, and are set to double again in 15. The UK plans to build 4 new Heathrow sized airports by 2020.
And as Blair bangs on about fighting climate change, aviation fuel remains untaxed, so each individual taxpayer subsidises the aviation industry to the average tune of £500 per year.