Reposted from The Guardian, 28/3/17. Text by Chris Johnston
Eight activists stop charter flight containing eight deportees scheduled to depart the Essex airport for Nigeria and Ghana on Tuesday night
The runway at Stansted was closed on Tuesday night after protesters ran out in a bid to prevent a plane carrying eight deportees from taking off.
The campaign group End Deportations said eight activists had locked themselves to a tripod to stop a “mass deportation charter flight” from the Essex airport to Nigeria and Ghana.
The Black Lives Matter UK Twitter account posted:
— #BlackLivesMatterUK (@ukblm) 28 March 2017
A spokesman for Stansted confirmed the runway had been closed at about 10pm, resulting in eight flights being diverted to other airports in the London area.
The plane targeted by protesters was on a remote stand at the opposite side of the airport to the passenger terminal and was not a scheduled commercial flight, he said.
Airport managers hoped to reopen the runway within hours after police had conducted checks of the compound.
A Ryanair flight to Dublin scheduled for 10.05pm taxied at 11.13pm, according to the Stansted website, while the only departure before 6am was a 12.45am flight to Istanbul.