A climate change activist walked onto the tennis court at the Laver Cup on Roger Federer’s last day as a professional tennis player.
The activist reportedly took to the court to protest UK private jets and set his own arm on fire while sitting near the net.
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A climate change activist protests against UK private jets while lighting his right arm on fire during the Laver Cup tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, 23 September 2022. 📸 epa / Andy Rain
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The Daily Mail reported:
A protestor has set himself on fire on a tennis court just before Roger Federer is due to play his last ever match at the 02 in a shocking incident.
The climate activist set his right arm alight in the middle of the court to protest the use of private jets in the UK.
The 20 year-old protestor, named Kai, is a member of the End UK Private Jets group, which claims that ‘carbon emissions in 2022 are genocide.’
The climate change activist interrupted the second set of a men’s singles match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Schwartzman.
He lit himself on fire and grimaced as the flames licked his arm, but it did not appear to harm him.
He rubbed his arm to put the flames out as he sat on the tennis court while security rushed over to grab him, eventually dragging him away.
The man has appeared in several videos in the past explaining his hardline stance on climate activism.
The End UK Private Jets Twitter page posted a video prior to the demonstration.
“In a few hours time I’m going to go to the Laver Cup tennis tournament and set my arm on fire on the court,” the man said.
“People are gonna say stuff like ‘this is horrible’, people in the stadium are going to be disturbed, and anyone who hears about it is going to be really traumatised, especially if they’ve had experiences with things like self harm.”
“If we truly believe that… the way we act like that’s true is by stopping the climate emergency as fast as possible,” he added.
“Because right now we’re on a path where hundreds of millions of people are going through unimaginable suffering which is social collapse, torture, starvation, drought and war and s*** like that.”
Carbon emissions in 2022 are genocide. We’re accelerating towards the cliff of runaway collapse – every second takes us closer to human extinction. And the elites are still flying in private jets.
Kai, aged 20, on why they support the demand to End UK Private Jets. pic.twitter.com/r0JjqWwOvM
— End UK Private Jets (@EndUKPrivateJet) September 23, 2022