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    Terrorism News

    The Stansted 15, who stopped a deportation charter flight about eighteen months ago were found guilty under terrorism legislation for "endangering an aerodrome". They face life imprisonment. At least 11 people due to be on the flight are still in the country.

    The prosecution were unable to point to any material danger (or risk of danger) caused by the defendants.

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    Oh, please consider donating to their trial-related costs. This has included 9 weeks living in Chelmsford, legal costs, and will now presumably include money to support dependants/family while they're in prison

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    I worked with one of them for a time, they're one of the nicest, fairest people I have ever known. This is a disgusting farce.

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    They're appealing the verdict so the funds are even more important.

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    Message and donation sent. Thank you for flagging this up, BLT.

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    Donated. Thanks.

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    Does 9 weeks in Chelmsford count as torture under Amnesty definition..?

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    There's also a protest outside the home office tomorrow night

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    Hold on. When did Amber Rudd get back into the government?

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    They’ve got to find someone to fill those front benches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti2 View Post
    I can see why someone would make that link, but it's important to remember (and re-state) that this wasn't related to the Windrush Scandal - i.e. it wasn't a "scandal" that, once uncovered, got resolved. This is a long-standing, continuing human rights violation.

    Deportation charter flights are ongoing abuses that are a facet of how Britain enforces its borders. Parliament knew about them; the government's own watchdog has criticised them repeatedly and called them "inhumane".

    They've been happening since 2001 so have been presided over by multiple home secretaries from multiple parties.

    The action at Stansted caused them to be switched to military bases, where there's even more secrecy.

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    There was a charter flight a few months ago - this one to Albania.

    Several nights before, nearly every Albanian cafe in my bit of London was simultaneously raided by dozens of TSG backed up by immigration officers. The pretext for the raids were supposedly "Modern Slavery" rescue operations for someone held against their will. This unnamed person, as I understand it, failed to materialise but they did take the opportunity to question every person - customer and staff - in that cafe about their immigration status and kidnapped and detained several.

    Some people would have left their families to go for a beer and watch the world cup on a warm summer evening and never returned - bundled into a van, bundled into a cell then carried onto a charter flight with no recourse to due process. Some, taken as "spares" in case a deportee managed to get their appeal heard before deportation, would have spent an anxious few days in prison before being released.

    There is no power that allowed the cops to question people for immigration offences; it was an illegal raid - it was, by any reasonable definition, terrorism. There's also no power to stop them; those actually deported have no access to UK justice; we try to make referrals of the cafe owners to lawyers, but they understandably wanted to keep their heads down.

    But this is the daily reality of border enforcement and has been for the past two decades - unaccountable, brutalising. And if you protest it, you face life in prison.
    Last edited by Bizarre Lw Triangle; 11-12-2018 at 10:36.

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    This is a good read:

    However, it is worth being wary about investing faith in the redemptive power of law’s justice. Juristic solutions are always bounded and inhered with violence. As Robert Cover famously said: ‘Legal interpretation takes place in a field of pain and death’.

    It’s not just the content of law – in this case enabling the ‘real and material’ risks to the airport to trump the welfare of those facing deportation – but also how judicial craft enables such outcomes. In this case, in particular, it is clear that law does not transcend politics, but is politics by another means.
    Ultimately, the law makes racist border controls, or austerity, or military interventions, seem natural and unquestionable. And this is precisely what the Stansted 15 action was designed to challenge. Indeed, their investment in judicial procedures was less to do with law’s virtues, and more a strategy to make state violence visible, as the courts became a space in which to air radical critique.
    The value of this action will not be measured by whether these fifteen individuals become tomorrow’s suffragettes, but by the ways in which it contributes to a wider programme of radical change.

    Ultimately, that is up to everyone else. The actions of these 15, like the many acts of resistance by people inside detention, should work to galvanise a wider constituency.

    The grounding of this one charter flight in March 2017 made the brutality of deportation more visible, and the importance of that cannot be overstated.

    It symbolises the broad struggle, not merely for a fairer immigration system or for a nicer kind of deportation, but for an end to all deportations.

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