Justice at last for the Stansted 15, including a member of Brighton's Quaker community.

Justice at last for the Stansted 15, including a member of Brighton's Quaker community.

Posted: 
31 Jan 2021

Justice at last for the Stansted 15. Appeal Court judges have ruled that "There was, in truth, no case to answer," and that the convictions be squashed.  

The 15 protesters who had broken into Stansted airfield in 2017 had been charged under a terrorism Act for peacefully preventing a plane from taking off from a quiet corner of the airfield. That plane was to have flown out deportees, many of whom then had enough time to appeal their deportation and be granted the right to remain. The defendants' barristers had argued that the Amsa law is intended to deal with violence of the "utmost seriousness", such as terrorism, not demonstrators.

Now there is a firm precedent to prevent peaceful protesters being charged as terrorists.

Many Quakers supported the 15 protesters throughout their ordeal, especially Chelmsford Meeting as the Crown Court trial was held in their town. The bravery and courage of the protesters was inspiring to witness when they were faced with a potential life imprisonment instead of a fine or community service. One of the 15, Lindsay Burtonshaw, is a member of Brighton's Quaker community.

You can read more about Quakers and their historic commitment to peaceful activism here.