Made to pay after creating ‘chaos’
Protestors blocked entrance to Heathrow
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,