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UK set to protest over Trayvon Martin verdict

REACTION: Protests have been taking place across America

A PROTEST over George Zimmerman’s acquittal of the murder of Trayvon Martin will take place outside the US Embassy later this evening.

The demonstration, organised by the Left Activist Solidarity Network and Stand Against Fascism, starts at 4pm in Grosvenor Square, central London.

Hundreds are expected to attend the gathering to show their support to the teenager’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin and to ‘draw attention to the inherent racism in the American system and demand justice’ for the 17-year-old.

Zimmerman, 29, was cleared of second-degree murder by a jury of six white women on July 13, 2013. It has outraged Americans and people around the world.

Martin was shot dead on February 26, 2012, following an altercation with Zimmerman inside the gated community in Sanford, Florida, where the high school student was visiting his father and his partner.

The self-styled neighbourhood watchman phoned officers claiming Martin was looking suspicious.

Martin was on his way home from a convenience store and was carrying a bag of Skittles and an iced tea.

Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) is hosting an emergency meeting at Hambrook House in Porden Street, in Brixton. It starts at 6.30pm.

Preparations for another demonstration tomorrow organised by the National African Caribbean Forum are also underway.

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