The visually impaired Olympic Paralympian turned Extinction Rebellion protester has sparked chaos after he was allowed to climb on top of a plane and glue himself to it. The man, identified by Extinction Rebellion as former Paralympic cyclist James Brown, was spotted clinging to the fuselage in a video streamed by the protest group. Brown was arrested at Heathrow last month after a protest which saw some Extinction Rebellion members attempt to fly a drone near the airport.
The Paralympic cyclist, who won bronze in London in 2012, was banned for two and a half years for a doping violation in 2016.
Brown admitted the violation and engaged in a consultation process, and despite the offence warranting a four-year ban, it was reduced to two-years-and-six-months based on Brown’s degree of fault and the seriousness of the violation.
Earlier today another protester sparked fury on a flight by blocking the aisle of a plane – as furious passengers urged crew to remove the protestor.
Hundreds of demonstrators have descended on the London terminal causing travel misery for thousands of passengers, as protestors begin a three-day ‘shutdown’ of the airport.
Extinction Rebellion spokesman Rupert Read said the group will conduct a non violent protest in “homage to the style of the Hong Kong democracy protesters”.
The Met Police has confirmed 800 people had been arrested since Monday.
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