Airport protesters are guilty

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2010

Three Jewish protesters have been found guilty of a breach of the peace after staging a protest last March which forced the closure of Aberdeen airport.

Dan Glass, 26, Mark Andrews, 26, and Tilly Gifford, 24, all from north London, and six others from climate action group, Plane Stupid, stood trial in Aberdeen High Court.

But the protesters have called the result a "victory" and said it highlighted the importance of peaceful protest as a legitimate way to tackle climate change.

Ms Gifford said: "We set out to show in court that policies such as the Aviation White Paper contradict what the science demands.

"Now that the court has heard expert witnesses testify to the imperative need to cut emissions, they are mandated to prosecute the real criminals, the corporations who are profiting from polluting."

They will be sentenced on August 25.

Last updated: 2:31pm, July 1 2010