Around 1,000 people demonstrated in
The protest follows the announcement on Monday night that Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot dead unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August, will not be prosecuted. Protests and riots immediately spread across the
Hundreds of angry demonstrators gathered to protest outside the
One protester, Sofia, said, “Black lives are being lost. I’m here in solidarity with the people in
Protesters then marched around the city centre. Passers by joined the march as it blocked traffic on
Protesters chanted “Hands up – don’t shoot!” and “Police killed Mark Duggan,” making a link between the death of Michael Brown and Mark, who was killed by police in 2011.
Protesters then marched on to Charing Cross Police Station.
The demonstration continued to
Carole Duggan, Mark’s aunt, spoke at the rally outside the
She added “If they can murder Mark, they can murder anybody.
“That’s why we have to stand up in solidarity with the people of
Marcia Rigg, sister of Sean Rigg who was killed in police custody in 2008, spoke about the number of black people who have died at the hands of the police. She said, “Not one police officer has been made accountable for any of these deaths. Shame on them.”
The protest followed call outs from a number of organisations, including Stand up to Racism, London Black Revolutionaries, NUS Black Students and Black Activists Rising Against Cuts.
Brian Richardson, of Love Music Hate Racism and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, said, “Every day we see disproportionate numbers of young black and Asian, and young white working class people dragged through the courts.
“But the bankers responsible for causing the crisis and the politicians who robbed the public purse to the tune of hundreds of thousands of pounds – why weren’t they taken to court?”
He added, “There’s justice for the rich, but there’s no justice for the poor, and the black, and the working class.”