BAA defends Climate Camp injunction

BAA has defended its position on the upcoming ‘Climate Camp’ environmental protest set to take place at Heathrow on 14-21 August. The move follows a high Court injunction granted yesterday banning campaign group Plane Stupid from attending the week-long camp. “This injunction has never been about stopping lawful and peaceful protests. BAA has always respected people's democratic right to protest lawfully,” said BAA Heathrow managing director Mark Bullock. “We accept that there is an important debate to be had regarding climate change. The motivation behind the injunction was to protect our passengers and staff from being harassed or obstructed by any unlawful direct action. Our passengers and staff also have rights.” BAA said it is expecting 1.5 million passengers to pass through Heathrow during the week of Climate Camp and Bullock said the injunction was necessary to keep the airport secure. “Plane Stupid spokespeople have repeatedly stated that they are planning mass direct action to disrupt the operations of the airport. BAA therefore had no choice but to explore every legal avenue available to minimise any disruption to the airport’s operations. With the current terrorism threat, keeping Heathrow safe and secure is a very serious business.”

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