5 Ways to Help End Deportations and Stop Charter Flights

Also published at: http://novaramedia.com/2017/03/31/5-ways-to-help-end-deportations-and-stop-charter-flights/ On 28 April, 14 people blocked the runway at Stansted airport and stopped a mass deportation charter flight to Nigeria and Ghana. Activists from End Deportations, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and Plane Stupid ran onto the tarmac and locked themselves to each other using arm tubes and tripods. This is the first time this kind of direct…

Activists square up to the Home Office to defy a ruthless policy

Reposted from The Canary, 31/3/17. Text by Sophia Akram http://www.thecanary.co/2017/03/31/activists-square-up-to-the-home-office-once-more-to-defy-a-ruthless-policy/ On 28 March, activists stopped a charter flight of enforced removals from taking off. They were labelled “heroes” by some. But the Home Office matched this sturdy determination with its own steely resolve. It quickly rescheduled the flight and sent refused asylum seekers held in immigration detention…

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…