Made to pay af­ter cre­at­ing ‘chaos’

Protestors blocked en­trance to Heathrow

Uxbridge Gazette - - NEWS -

NINE pro­test­ers who caused ‘ut­ter chaos’ when they chained them­selves to­gether and blocked a key route lead­ing to Heathrow Airport have been found guilty of wil­ful ob­struc­tion of the high­way.

Chant­ing “Black Lives Mat­ter” and “If they do not give us jus­tice, we won’t give them peace”, they blocked the M4 south­bound spur road to the busy Lon­don airport on Au­gust 5 at about 8.25am, Willes­den Mag­is­trates’ Court heard.

Four pro­test­ers held a large black ban­ner that said “This is a cri­sis” while six oth­ers formed a hu­man chain on the ground.

They had linked their arms to­gether us­ing hol­lowed fire ex­tin­guish­ers filled with wire mesh and con­crete.

The nine peo­ple on trial, who said they were Black Lives Mat­ters cam­paign­ers, had de­nied wil­fully ob­struct­ing the high­way.

The de­fen­dants were Sita Balani, 29, of South­wark, south-east Lon­don, Liam Bar­ring­ton-Bush, 32, Aditi Ja­ganathan, 27, both of Tot­ten­ham, north Lon­don,

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