They shut down an airport to help. Now they face life in jail

London (CNN)Under cover of darkness, the activists use bolt croppers to cut through the airport’s perimeter fence, squeezing through the gap they’ve created and running across the open tarmac towards their target: a plane, readying for take-off.

In the video provided by the group to CNN, they can be seen dressed in bright pink, unfurling a banner reading “No one is illegal,” before securing themselves to one another using pipes and expandable building foam beneath the government-chartered aircraft at Stansted Airport, just outside London.
Their aim: to prevent the plane and its passengers — 60 people whose immigration status had been ruled illegal, and who were being deported back to Nigeria and Ghana — from leaving British soil.

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