My sentence of community service is nothing compared with the suffering of deportees. Our fight continues

Along with 14 other peaceful protesters, I was found guilty of a controversial terror-related offence in December after stopping a mass deportation flight from taking off. On Wednesday, we avoided prison.

The judge awarded most of us community service, and three of us suspended sentences. We could have been given life in jail, and I’m so relieved that hasn’t happened. But I’m also angry. We might not be going to prison, but we’ve still been found guilty of a crime we clearly did not commit. We are a group of peaceful protesters, but the state has convicted us of a terror-related offence. This was done without any transparency by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), and neither the CPS nor the attorney general have explained this decision. It was an abuse of power that never should have happened.

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