By Tom Kelly, PA News
The High Court was hearing claims today that police breached human rights laws by barring protesters from an anti-war demonstration.
Peace campaigners brought the judicial review over allegations that officers refused to allow around 120 people to attend a vigil at RAF Fairford last March.
The Gloucestershire base was used by American B-52 bombers during the Iraq war, and became a focus for peace demonstrations.
The protesters claim three coaches were stopped and searched six miles from the base and escorted back to London over several hours without toilet or meal breaks.
They want the High Court to declare the operation by Gloucestershire police unlawful on the grounds that was in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Jenny Jones, London’s Green deputy mayor, attended a vigil outside the court before the hearing.
She said: “To join a peaceful demonstration is accepted as a basic right in this country.”