London Stansted airport runway closed over deportations to Nigeria

  • London Stansted airport runway closed over deportations to Nigeria

London Stansted airport runway closed over deportations to Nigeria

A spokesman for the airport told Britain's Independent that takeoffs and landings had been temporarily stopped "as a precaution" to allow police to check no protesters had made it onto the runway.

The runway at Stansted airport was closed after a group of people ran out to prevent a charter plane from taking off.

The group said a protest involving eight activists had forced the cancellation of the flight and its crew were seen leaving the plane.

They were heard chanting: "No borders, no nations, stop deportations".

An airport spokesman said it was a "quiet period" and flights had resumed by 11.15pm on Tuesday.

The Independent reported in February, the United Kingdom deported at least 100 immigrants on "secretive" charter flight, including a bisexual man who was facing persecution in Nigeria.

The plane targeted by protesters was on a remote stand at the opposite side of the airport to the passenger terminal and was not a scheduled commercial flight, he said.

Testimonies of some people who were to be deported to Ghana & Nigeria whose flight has been blocked by @EDeportations. He is planning to kill me.

Another male deportee said: "I have been in this country for nearly 18 years".

"Essex Police believe they have contained all the people involved in the protest but as a precaution they are doing a double check". My family and my life is here in the UK.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Sean O'Callaghan said police "quickly contained" the protesters in one area of the airport.

One of the protesters at the scene, Emma Hughes from End Deportations, said the protest was an "unprecedented victory in the fight against mass deportations". "If he kills me- who will I look after my children?" "Once they have done that they will give the all clear to air traffic control", the spokesperson added.