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BAA attempt to ban environmental protests backfires

Issue No. 2063

the Airport firm BAA this week failed to win a draconian injunction that would have banned up to five million people from a vast geographical area around Heathrow airport.

BAA had sought to use anti?stalking laws against Airport Watch, an umbrella group that includes the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

But BAA did win an injunction against three individuals – John Stewart, Josh Garman and Leo Murray – and anti-aviation group Plane Stupid.

They are all banned from interfering with the running of Heathrow airport.

The judge said she was granting the injunction to BAA because demonstrations would distract police from stopping terrorism.

Lindsey German, Respect’s candidate for mayor of London, said, “There are many parallels between legal attacks on the anti-war movement and this restriction on demonstrators.

“The best way to oppose these laws is to keep demonstrating. We cannot allow protest to be criminalised or for it to be linked with terrorism.”

The injunction was aimed at preventing the Camp for Climate Action protest, which is targeting Heathrow.

Organisers said it would be going ahead as planned from 14-21 August. For details go to »

The number of people stopped and searched in London increased fivefold last month, according to police figures. Almost 11,000 people were searched in July.

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Wed 8 Aug 2007, 19:58 BST
Issue No. 2063
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