Collective statement, 31st March 2017

Tuesday’s plane blockade was an unprecedented victory. For the first time in the UK, the brave and determined actions of campaigners grounded a charter flight and prevented the deportation of dozens. It showed a glimpse of what’s possible through collective action: when we fight we can win. That the Home Office would rush to try…

‘The government is now engaged in the mass deportation of migrants, many of whom are LGBT’

Reposted from Attitude, 30/3/17. Text by Charlie Smoke http://attitude.co.uk/the-government-is-now-engaged-in-the-mass-deportation-of-migrants-many-of-whom-are-lgbt/ LGBT migrants are being deported to their home countries where they face grave danger Stansted Airport was forced to briefly close its runway earlier this week after a number of protesters from Lesbians and Gays Support Migrants surrounded a parked plane.  Activists said they were attempting to…

It shouldn’t take an airport blockade to stop mass deportations

Reposted from The Guardian, 30/3/17. Text by Gracie Mae Bradley https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/30/airport-blockade-mass-deportations-migrants The UK’s ‘hostile environment’ for migrants has led to huge numbers of people being detained, mistreated and deported – and enriched private detention providers On Tuesday night, at least 17 people blockaded the runway at Stansted Airport to prevent a mass deportation to Ghana and Nigeria.…

Campaigners Chain Themselves to Plane To Block Deportation Flight

Reposted from The London Economic, 29/3/17. Text by Ben Gelblum http://www.thelondoneconomic.com/news/campaigners-chain-plane-block-deportation-flight/29/03/ Campaigners chained themselves to a jet to stop a mass deportation charter flight to Nigeria and Ghana last night. There were 17 arrests on suspicion of aggravated trespass after the protestors chained themselves to a wing of the plane and each other, forming a human chain blocking…

Deportations Flight Blocked

Reposted from Morning Star, 30/3/17. Text by Felicity Collier https://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-f176-Deportations-flightblocked 17 arrests as lock-on stops charter plane taking asylum-seekers out of Britain ACTIVISTS prevented a charter flight full of asylum-seekers from leaving Stansted Airport late on Tuesday night in an “unprecedented victory” against mass deportations. End Deportations campaigners locked themselves to the wheel of a plane bound…

5 reasons why we stopped a UKgov deportation flight to Nigeria last night

Reposted from Open Democracy, 29/3/17. Text by the End Deportations collective https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/shinealight/nadia-graham/stansted-deportation-charter-Operation-Majestic As a government ghost flight prepared for take-off, activists intervened. Stansted Airport, Tuesday 28 March (End Deportations) Last night at Stansted Airport people who had lived in the UK, some for decades, were forced onto a plane bound for Nigeria and Ghana. They…