Socialist Worker

Fairford protest

Issue No. 1894

ANTI-WAR protesters last week launched an appeal against a judgement which ruled that the police acted lawfully in turning them away from a demonstration at RAF Fairford last March. The coach passengers won a landmark victory in last month's High Court judgement, which ruled that the police had acted unlawfully by detaining them on their way to an anti-war demonstration.

But although the judges ruled that the detention was unlawful, they also ruled that it was not unlawful for the police to turn the passengers away from the demonstration.

The ruling as it stands means that any group of people could be turned away from a demonstration solely on the opinion of a senior police officer. The protesters have now decided to go ahead with an appeal on this point. The protesters' case concerns an incident last March, when they and their coaches were searched for nearly two hours and forced back to London under a heavy police escort.

For more information go to

Click here to subscribe to our daily morning email newsletter 'Breakfast in red'

Article information

Sat 27 Mar 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1894
Share this article

Mobile users! Don't forget to add Socialist Worker to your home screen.