Last year, 15 people grounded a deportation charter flight for ten hours to prevent it taking off. The individuals responsible for this non-violent direct action have been charged with terrrorism-related offences that could result in life imprisonment.
They were due to stand trial in March this year but after a series of agonising delays the trial was adjourned. On Monday October 1st the trial re-starts, and they need our solidarity again.
JOIN US outside Chelmsford Crown Court to support the defendants, to demand the charges are dropped, and to demand an end to deportation charter flights.
There will be a line-up of speakers from 9am before the defendants arrive at 10.
There will be food and refreshments available.
8:30, MONDAY 1ST OCTOBER. Please arrive promptly.
Chelmsford Crown Court,
New Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1EL
Chelmsford train station is a short walk from the crown court. If you’re travelling from or via London there are direct trains from Liverpool Street.
A coach will leave from central London in the morning and return after the demo – watch this space for further details and a booking link.
Coach tickets will be on a sliding scale, and no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
**Please let us know if you need wheelchair access, so we can tell the coach company in advance if they need to remove seats**
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. These flights are the sharp end of the government’s ‘hostile environment’ and enforce the structural racism of immigration controls. 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.
All details here – www.facebook.com/events/1818956471520835/