The FULL video of troops chasing cycling protester on Yeovilton runway during 2019 Air Day

This video shows the moment a climate change protester was chased by troops and fire crews after trespassing onto the runway at Yeovilton Air Day 2019. Christopher Maunder cycled onto the runway at RNAS Yeovilton and was apprehended by troops today (July 13). Mr Maunder was acting under the banner of Extinction Rebellion, because he believes flying military aircraft for entertainment purposes is ‘immoral[1]‘.

A spokesman for Extinction Rebellion has since confirmed the ‘peaceful’ protest was not action directed by the South Somerset branch. The video shows Mr Maunder approaching the runway before ditching his bike and running from the oncoming troops, clad in Extinction Rebellion flags.

A soldier launches a rugby tackle to stop Christopher

He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass for his high jinx, confirmed Avon and Somerset police. Mr Maunder describes the moment fire crews gave chase in their fire engine – before deciding it would be more effective on foot. 

The military joined the hot pursuit soon after and Christopher was soon caught after his chain broke. Mr Maunder, who described it as a peaceful protest which was not sanctioned by Extinction Rebellion South Somerset, of which he is a member, said: “Fire crews gave chase first and then I’m not sure whether it was the Army, Navy or members of the Royal Air Force.

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“We are in a climate emergency and flying aircraft for entertainment is just wrong.  “We are in Somerset where a climate emergency has been declared and this sort of thing shouldn’t be happening, and that’s the reason behind doing it. 

“When I arrived I rang the airfield tower beforehand to warn them and to make sure there was no danger or accidents. We timed it for the half-an-hour break between planes arriving and the start of the display and were fully certain this was not going to cause any danger to anyone.  “And once I was on, it was a case of keeping going while I could.” 

The FULL video of troops chasing cycling protester on Yeovilton runway during 2019 Air DayChris Maunder cycling with his ‘climate emergency’ banner

Christopher said control tower personnel were baffled when he told them he was planning this protest, but said the message was clearly conveyed because engines were switched off in the closest helicopters.

“Once you’re doing it, you don’t realise (the time), but I was on the bike for around 15 to 20 minutes,” he said.  “The fire truck was chasing me around and then the men were, but they couldn’t keep up and then the bike broke so they caught me.  “The whole point is to raise awareness and to make them understand what the state of emergency means.”

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