U.K activists beat security, chain themselves together on runway to stop deportation of Nigerians 


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Up to 12 ctivists broke through security at Stansted Airport tonight and chained themselves together on the runway to stop failed asylum seekers being deported.

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The left-wing activists were trying to stop a flight taking up to 100 immigrants back to Nigeria and Ghana.  

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The runway was closed at about 10pm resulting in eight flights being diverted to other London airports. But by 11.30pm the airport was running as normal.

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The protesters were part of three groups called End Deportations, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and Plane Stupid.

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They were heard chanting: ‘No borders, no nations, stop deportations’. One of the activists blocking the runway, Emma Hughes, said she was trying to prevent families from being separated.

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Among those due to be on board is a 21-year-old asylum seeker whose brother and grandfather were killed in Nigeria. “Both of my parents are in the UK, they are British,” he wrote on a blog, 11 days ago. 

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“I have been here, with them, for over 5 years. But the Home Office wants to send me back to Nigeria,” he wrote. Many on board argue their lives will be in danger should their return go ahead.

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