Last year, 15 people grounded a deportation charter flight for ten hours to prevent it taking off. On Monday 12th March 2018, they are going to court charged with a terrorism-related offence. If found guilty they could serve many years in prison.
Join us outside Chelmsford Crown Court to support the defendants and speak out against deportation charter flights.
There will be a line-up of speakers from 9-9:30 followed by performances. <Food not Bombs> and <Oxford Action Resource Centre> will also kindly be providing hot food and refreshments on the day.
8:30am, Monday 12th March. Please arrive promptly.
Chelmsford Crown Court,
New Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1EL
There will be a coach leaving promptly at 7am, from East London. Please arrive by 6.45am as the coach can’t wait for late comers. Book your seat in advance here: https://
Tickets are on a sliding scale:
// £16 return (waged)
// £10 return (unwaged)
// Free for those with experience of the immigration / asylum process
*If you’re unable to pay, please email us at [email protected]
There are also 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, MUSIC, SPOKEN WORD, BANNERS OR CHANTING, AS WE RALLY IN SUPPORT OF THE STANSTED DEFENDANTS, AND AGAINST DEPORTATION CHARTER FLIGHTS.
Your solidarity is also welcome all day on Twitter @EDeportations and on FB.
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.