THE STANSTED FIFTEEN ON TRIAL (UK, 2019)
15 peaceful protesters in March 2017 put up a banner airport-side at Stansted Airport to contest a deportation flight, on which they knew were people whose cases had not been heard, or resolved, and who faced extreme danger on return. What happened next is truly shocking, and should concern us all. This 20-minute film by Sue Clayton is free to watch and screen. And go to the End Deportations website http://enddeportations.com for more on the case.
MORE ABOUT THE STANSTED 15
The Stanstead 15 are activists who chained themselves to a UK Home Office charter flight plane to prevent deportations of people whose cases for asylum were not yet resolved. In October 2018 they were charged under a terrorism law the Aviation and Maritime Security Act 1990, which was brought into law after the Lockerbie bombing and carries a maximum life sentence. Some of those facing deportation on that flight have since been given leave to remain in the UK, other cases are still pending. The fifteen are due to be sentenced in February 2019, so hence the urgency of this film. They have appealed their conviction and the appeal will be heard.
Sue Clayton is an occasional consultant producer for Channel 4 News. She worked on the following item
on the Stansted 15 for Channel 4:
Many organisations have uploaded the film, see:
Some info from the print press:
PRESS ON THE HIGH COURT CASE INITIATED BY THE FILM: