Activists ‘chain themselves together on runway at London Stansted’

Reposted from Metro.co.uk, 28/3/17. Text by Toby Meyjes

http://metro.co.uk/2017/03/28/protesters-chain-themselves-together-on-runway-at-london-stansted-6540033/

Activists 'chain themselves together on runway at London Stansted'
The protesters appear to have chained themselves together (Picture: Facebook/Stop charter flights end deportation)

Protesters claim to have chained themselves together on a runway at Stansted Airport in an attempt to stop a charter flight taking off.

As many as 12 activists say they have stopped the flight which is deporting asylum seekers back to Nigeria and Ghana.

A Facebook Live appears to how the protesters lying on the ground with their hands interlinked through tubes although it is not clear as yet if there is any flight disruption.

In a press release, the group said the activists were from three organisation; End Deportations, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and Plane Stupid.

According to the group, some passengers on the flight have been residing in the UK for decades.


An airport spokesman told The Independent that takeoffs and landings had been temporarily stopped ‘as a precaution’ while the incident is dealt with.

The protesters appear to have blocked a terminal on the north side of the airport, where the private terminals are and away from the commercial side.

‘As a precaution flights have been suspended while police carry out checks, they are doing an inspection,’ he said.

‘Once they have done that they will give the all clear to air traffic control.’

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