A protester set himself on fire as he tried to make a statement against private jets at the Laver Cup, hours before Roger Federer’s final game.
The Laver Cup match between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman was halted today, September 23, as a protester took to the pitch and set himself on fire.
The man was quickly dragged off the pitch unharmed and play resumed shortly after.
According to onlookers, the man brought a flare onto the 02 Arena in London and used it to set his arm on fire before security could put out the fire.
A member of staff took off his blazer and set it on fire before stomping on it.
The protester wore a shirt that read ‘End UK private jets’.
The folder also contained a web address leading to a climate inaction site.
“Today I stepped onto the pitch because I can no longer take the risk of doing nothing about the climate emergency,” the site read, according to a screenshot on Twitter.
The 20-year-old protester, named Kai, is a member of the End UK Private Jets group, which claims ‘carbon emissions in 2022 are genocide’.
It’s not the first protest at a high-level tennis event this year.
The Roland-Garros semi-final between Casper Ruud and Marin ?ili? was suspended when a woman ran onto the court at Roland Garros and tied herself to the net wearing a jersey that read ‘we have 1028 days left’.
Watch video of today’s fiery protest below.
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— RPK Report (@RPKReport) September 23, 2022