Brave souls

Humanity is blessed with some very brave souls. The four who stopped lorries outside of the Preston New Road fracking site, three of who have been given custodial sentences for their non-violent action (you can help support them here). They are the first environmental protestors to go to jail since the mass trespass on Kinder Scout in 1932 established right to road.

Tomorrow in Chelmsford the trial starts of 15 activists who stopped a deportation flight. They are being tried under little used legislation and could face life imprisonment for stopping the flight.

It is worth remembering that the UK uses a deport first, appeal later approach to asylum seekers. LGBT+ people are deported to Uganda where they face death, people who have lived with their families in the UK for years. Remember too that 41% of appeals are successful.

Amnesty are protesting outside the court with others tomorrow morning. If you are able to get there at 9am then please do. These are brave people who deserve our respect and support against an increasingly totalitarian regime focused on the destruction of human and non-human rights.

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