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#BlackLivesMatter: Manchester hosts peaceful protest tonight

PROTEST: A Black Lives Matter rally will take place in Manchester on Monday, July 11

A PROTEST over the fatal shootings of two black men in America is due to take place in Manchester tonight (Jul 11).

Hundreds are expected to unite for the ‘Black Lives Matter - Manchester Stand in Solidarity’ at Alexandra Park, in Moss Side, on Monday night calling for justice for the men’s families.

It is the latest in a series of demonstrations across the UK in the wake of the shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.

Several events have already taken place across London, including one in the south of the capital which brought major streets to a standstill.

Organisers PAC45Foundation Ltd are urging communities in Manchester to join forces against “police brutality”, saying “justice will not be given, it must be fought for”.

A full route and speakers are yet to be announced, but the event is expected to run from 6-9pm.

A similar demonstration at St George’s Hall in Liverpool scheduled for yesterday (Jul 10) was postponed due to a clash with another event at the venue, however, dozens still marched through the city’s streets armed with placards in support of the campaign.

Another protest is due to take place in Liverpool on July 16, co-organiser Ayo Akinrele, 27, vice-president of Liverpool Hope University ’s student union, has said.

In Birmingham, people stood united with tape over their mouths holding placards with messages calling for “justice” and to “end police brutality”.

Last Thursday (Jul 7), five white police officers were killed and seven injured after being targeted by a gunman at the Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas.

Former corporal Micah Xavier Johnson used an AR-15 style rifle to target white officers at the peaceful rally.

Horrifying footage emerged showing a police officer being executed at point blank range and another from a man who live streamed the shocking scenes.
Johnson’s massacre ended after an intense fire fight with police when he was blown up by a robot sent in carrying a bomb.

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