R v Basto
Jurisdiction: United Kingdom
Side A: Crown Prosecution Service (Government)
Side B: Basto and others (Individual)
Climate protesters found guilty of aggravated trespass for occupying airport runway.
In July 2015, 13 climate activists cut the perimeter fence surrounding Heathrow Airport and occupied the northern runway for a number of hours in response to a proposed third runway. The protesters voiced concern about the contribution to greenhouse gases of Heathrow Airport and aviation generally, and described the occupation as direct action. The protesters' actions caused disruption to incoming and outgoing flights, resulting in 25 canceled flights and significant delays. They were found guilty of aggravated trespass and entering a security restricted area of an aerodrome without permission.