Eyewitness footage has been released of a climate change protestor nearly being crushed by a police van in Austria. The horrifying video, taken in Vienna, shows the protester lying with their head underneath the police van. The van then began to roll backwards and narrowly misses the activist’s head as he is dragged away by police officers. Twitter users reacted to the footage, with one commenting: “He shouldn’t have put his head under the wheel, police were clearly trying to help him so he didn’t get his head run over.”
Another posted: “He shouldn’t have put his head there then!!”
Climate change protests have been taking place across the globe, with activist group Extinction Rebellion vowing to cause huge disruption at London’s Heathrow airport with drones.
The protestors, who have previously caused havoc to London and the capital’s wider transport system, will be targeting the transport hub for the second time in June. They claim this will be followed by further action in July.
The group claims it will suspend the shock action if Heathrow Airport bosses can the idea of a third runway.
A document released by the group on social media stated: ““Rebels will use a variety of nonviolent tactics to close down the airport again including, but not limited to, the flying of drones and blocking of public roads leading into the airport.”
Extinction Rebellion said: “On June 18, We plan to carry out nonviolent direct action to ensure Heathrow Authorities close the airport for the day, to create a ‘pause’ in recognition of the genocidal impact of high carbon activities, such as flying, upon the natural world.
“If the Government does not cancel all Heathrow expansion, Extinction Rebellion will act to shut the airport down for up to 10 days from July 1.”
A similar document shared on social media outlined the plans in more detail, and told: “The proposal is for rebels to visit the Department of Transport in the weeks before the action and submit letters asking for an immediate cancellation of Government’s Third Runway plans to honour parliament’s declaration of a climate emergency.
“If these demands are not met we will hold a planned picnic and drone session in the fields around Heathrow on June 18 having given full notice to the Heathrow Authorities of our intention to do so.”
A Heathrow Airport spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “This is reckless action that if carried out could endanger the lives of the travelling public and our colleagues.
We agree with the need to act on climate change, but that requires us to work together constructively – not commit serious criminal offences just as hardworking people prepare to spend a well-earned holiday with their family and friends.”
They added to the Evening Standard: “While we respect the right to peaceful protest and agree with the need to act on climate change, we don’t agree that passengers should have their well-earned holiday plans with family and friends disrupted.
“Passengers should contact their airlines for up to date information on their journeys.”