The Heathrow 13 threatened with jail sentences stand on the right side of history
Leo Murray, who was a co-founder and former activist with Plane Stupid, has written about the Heathrow 13, who now face jail sentences. Leo says: “The past teaches us that epic struggles against powerful interests cannot be won without some people putting their freedom on the line.” The Judge said they should expect time in prison “primarily because of the ‘astronomical cost’ of the protest for the airport’s owners.”….”But what this judge did not factor in is the cost to the rest of us that increasing aviation emissions pose.” …Rising pollution from air travel is a very real and dangerous problem that nobody with power wants to solve…. aviation is the only sector of the British economy that is not expected to make any contribution to national CO2 emissions reductions” …. If a new runway is built “we will have no hope of meeting our legally binding carbon targets. ….When democratic legislative processes have failed, it falls to ordinary citizens to act to protect the public interest ….history teaches us that epic struggles against powerful vested interests cannot be won without some people being prepared to do much, much more [than most] – including putting their freedom on the line…. The Heathrow 13 are just such people. History will judge them kindly .The Heathrow 13 will be Britain’s first ever climate prisoners. But as the long as the state continues to fail so abysmally in its duty of care, they won’t be the last.”
This week the 13 activists who blockaded a runway at Heathrow airport in July 2015, protesting against the contribution of aviation emissions toward climate change, have been told to expect jail sentences.