Grief and pride of the Stansted 15’s parents | Letters
Parents of the protesters convicted this week say that the group has upheld the values of social justice and human rights on behalf of us all
As parents of the defendants, we are heartbroken at the guilty verdict on Monday at Chelmsford crown court for the Stansted 15 (Editorial: The Stansted 15 case is not just about deportation, but about our right to protest, 12 December). The grief we feel is a measure of the depth of our love for them and the pride in what they have achieved.
At risk to their own safety and wellbeing, and now their freedom, they have tried to save the lives of vulnerable people facing deportation. Their peaceful direct action stopped the plane taking off on 28 March 2017, with about 60 people on board destined to fly to Nigeria and Ghana. Eleven people from that flight now remain in the UK. Four were victims of trafficking, and at least one has been granted leave to remain here.
Source: Guardian Transport
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