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Last Updated: Monday August 13 2007 11:25 GMT

Big protest at Heathrow airport

The camp outside Heathrow airport

Hundreds of people protesting against climate change have set up a camp near Heathrow airport in London.

They're angry about the airport's plans to build anther runway, because they say planes cause greenhouse gases which lead to climate change.

The peaceful protest officially starts on Tuesday when thousands more are expected to join the 250 people who arrived early on Sunday.

Police are keeping a close eye on them to make sure there's no trouble.

Chief Superintendent Ian Thomas said the protesters were on the site illegally. The field is a sports ground belonging to Imperial College London.

Banners

Policeman outside the camp
Policeman outside the camp
As well as tents, protesters have put up lots of banners, with slogans on them like 'Climate Camp - no Airport Expansion' and 'Runways to ruin'.

The company that runs the airport, BAA, has warned the group that it won't allow passengers to be "harassed or obstructed".

But campers say they don't want to disrupt passengers, just BAA.



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