'The Climate Rush' held their first protest last October (13th October). Taking their inspiration from the Suffragettes they mounted a 'rush' on Parliament. Over 800 women, men and children, some in Edwardian costume, all with red climate sashes, rushed the Houses of Parliament. The doors were slammed shut, Parliament was forced to close for an hour and the shouts of 'Deeds not Words' was heard throughout the Palaces of Westminster.
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The Climate Rush has chosen its new target because the decision over whether Heathrow airport should expand is expected this week. The Climate Rush are hoping their dinner will give the government a clear idea of the level of action to expect if they make the wrong decision.Late last year Stansted airport was targeted by campaign group Plane Stupid. This week 22 members of the group were sentenced for their part in blockading the runway and causing 57 flights to be cancelled.Most of the activists were ordered to do between 50 and 90 hours of community service.
A Plane Stupid spokesperson, Leo Murry said, "The sentences were surprisingly harsh but we went into it with our eyes open and we are ready to take the consequences."
District Judge John Perkins said, "Substantial loss was caused to the authorities that were carrying out lawful activities. I accept there is an honourable tradition of peaceful protest in this country and long may it continue, but that does not justify the sort of activity that you were involved in."
More than 50 Plane Stupid activists now face being sued for damages by Ryanair who have begun a £2.2 million compensation claim for loss of revenue after being forced to cancel 57 flights. They are also seeking almost £500,000 for "reputational damage". At the moment the claim is against Stansted operators BAA but the airline has refused to rule out suing individual protesters in the civil courts at a later date.
The place stupid website has been taken offline by the service providers after pressure from BAA.