Socialist Worker

Activists protest across Britain against police racism

by Alistair Farrow
Issue No. 2515

Part of the protest in Manchester

Part of the protest in Manchester (Pic: Neil Terry )


Anti-racist campaigners have held rallies and protests across Britain. Some 200 people marched from the Broadwater Farm estate in Tottenham, north London, to Tottenham police station today, Saturday. They were demanding justice for Mark Duggan and all other victims of police racism and violence. 

Police shot dead Mark five years ago in Tottenham.

People chanted, "The police are the biggest gang in the city."

Carole Duggan, Mark's aunt, told the crowd outside the police station, "Black people are used as practise for new policing methods." 

She criticised the police investigation into events leading up to Mark's killing. 

Stand up to Racism activists, and others, joined the protest in solidarity.

Black Lives Matter protests brought some cities and major transport hubs across Britain to a standstill on Friday. 

Protesters shut down roads leading to Heathrow airport, causing major disruption. Six activists used concrete to link themselves together. 

Other activists shut down the tram system in Nottingham and a motorway near to Birmingham.

Protests happened later that day in Manchester, London and Nottingham.

The march in Manchester had some 100 people on it.

Laws 

Brett is a Black Lives Matter activist from Manchester. He told Socialist Worker, “It’s great what people are doing, I think it’s having an effect. 

“Once we’ve done this shut down, we need to think about what’s next?

“Laws about the police should be in place, because then they’d be thinking twice about how they treat us.”

Some 300 people also came to Altab Ali park in east London on Friday evening. 

Marcia Rigg, whose brother Sean Rigg died in Brixton police station in south London in 2008, spoke at the rally. 

"This is an opportunity to tell the world about deaths in Britain." 

Malia Bouattia, National Union of Students (NUS) president, linked together deaths in police custody with the Islamophobic Prevent strategy. "We call on public service workers being forced to implement Prevent to refuse to comply," she said.

After listening to speeches activists broke in to regional London groups. As the event wound down, some 50 activists marched from Whitechapel to Old Street in east London. 

In the face of racism being pushed from the top of society, unity is crucial as this movement goes foward. 

The United Friends and Family Campaign annual march for justice is on 29 October in central London
Black Lives Matter organising meeting, 6pm, Tuesday, Dalston mosque, Shacklewell Lane, east London

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