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#BlackLivesMatter protest in Leeds tonight

BLACK LIVES MATTER: Thousands of protestors have marched through London, Birmingham, Manchester and Bristol in the past week

A BLACK Lives Matter protest will take place in Leeds today (July 14) as a show of "Solidarity with our brothers and sisters murdered at the hands of police brutality all over the world".

The peaceful protest, titled It Stops Today, will start at Leeds Art Gallery at 6pm with organisers calling on the local community to come together to protest the deaths of black men and women by police and “fight back and honour our brothers and sisters”.

The march, and many like it around the UK, comes after the police killing of two black men in the United States.

Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old father was fatally shot by police in Baton Rogue, Louisana, on Tuesday (July 5). He had reportedly been selling CDs outside of a petrol station.

A day later, 32-year-old Philando Castile was fatally wounded in his car by an officer who believed he was reaching for a gun.

Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who livestreamed the bloody aftermath of the traffic stop gone wrong on Wednesday (July 6), claims he was wounded while reaching for his wallet. His four-year-old daughter witnessed the attack.

Their deaths and accompanying videos showing their treatment at the hands of law enforcement has caused widespread around the globe.

“While we may think that because we are not in America these issues don't affect us, the truth is, this happens in the UK as well,” Sasha Blair, of Black Lives Matter Leeds, the organisers of the event, told The Voice.

“We must come together to march in protest of their deaths to fight back and honour our brothers and sisters. It could have been us or our fathers, mothers, husband, wives, children or brothers or sisters. The Colour Theme is Black and Red representing Black Lives taken and blood shed across the World and we invite everyone to wear these colours to the march.”

Similar marches have been held in Manchester, Birmingham and in London. The latter, we sprawled over three events, brought the capital to a standstill as hundreds of protestors took to the streets in Southbank, Brixton and Oxford Circus.

LOCATION: Leeds Art Gallery, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AA

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