Human rights protestors have staged a demonstration outside Chelmsford Crown Court.
They gathered as the trial begins of 15 people accused of invading the runway at Stansted Airport to prevent the departure of an aircraft deporting asylum seekers.
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Protestors known as the 'Stansted 15' have been charged with endangering safety at aerodromes. They deny the charges.
Flights into Stansted had to be diverted last year when a group got onto the tarmac and chained themselves to an aircraft preparing for departure.