Press Release: Trial Starts

For Immediate Release

End Deportations // Stop Charter Flights // Solidarity with the Stansted Defendants

Last year, 15 people grounded a deportation charter flight for ten hours to prevent it taking off. On March 19 2018, they are going to court charged with a terrorism-related offence. If found guilty they could serve many years in prison.

Join us at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday March 12th, 8.30am, to support the defendants and speak out against deportation charter flights.

Where: Chelmsford Crown Court, New Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1EL

When: Monday 19 March 2018, 8:30 am

Transport: There will be a coach leaving early from East London promptly at 7am and returning after the demo. Please arrive before 6.45am as we aren’t able to wait for late comers. Tickets are available on our Eventbrite @ End Deportations.

There are frequent train services that leave from Liverpool St station to Chelmsford.

Come ready to express your solidarity, energy, love and rage, be it in song, spoken word, banners, or chanting as we rally in support of the Stansted defendants and against deportation charter flights.

Alongside speakers and performances, Food not Bombs and OARC will be kindly providing hot food and refreshments on the day.

Your solidarity is welcome all day on FB and on Twitter @EDeportations #EndDeportations

Secret deportation flights take thousands of people from our communities every year. Parents, friends and neighbours are targeted on the basis of their perceived nationality and snatched to fill a flight that the Home Office has chartered. Many critics have argued that like Trump’s ‘muslim ban,’ these deportations are unjust and racist. Violence and abuse from security contractors have been documented on these flights. Most people would be horrified if they were aware of the nature of this process.

The Stansted action was the first time a deportation flight has been grounded in the UK by people taking action against the immigration system. People who would have been forced onto the flight were able to stay in the UK because of the action, as it gave them time to have their applications heard. People across the UK are standing together to stop the Home Office breaking up families and tearing communities apart.

Sign up to the Trial Public Gallery Rota!

The trial is scheduled to last for 4-6 weeks, and supporters are encouraged to attend in the public gallery, so sign up here! Days will usually be from 10am – 4pm.


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