Activists in London have disrupted the mass deportation of Nigerians and Ghanaians who could not secure shelter in the United Kingdom, as indicated by reports by the British media.
The activists, who worked under a gathering called Stop Charter Flights – End Deportations, blocked the runway of the Stansted airport while carrying banners and singing songs to denounce the deportations.
A video recording the demonstrations of some of them under the wing of a plane, while some others tied themselves to the runway.
As a result of the protests, several flights scheduled to land at the airport were diverted.
Members of Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and Plane Stupid also participated in the campaign.
A member of Plane Stupid, which is a group of environmental protesters seeking an end to airport expansion, Audre Lourde, explained to a website why it took part in the protest.
She was quoted as saying, “There’s no such thing as a single issue campaign because we do not live single issue lives.
“We do not see ourselves as ‘environmentalists’, nor do we see the fight against airport expansion or the fight against climate change as isolated from any other issue.
“Airport expansion is a form of violence and a form of oppression, one that a minority of people will benefit from the profits, whilst countless people will suffer from loss of community and health, both locally and globally.”