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Black Lives Matter UK announce series of demonstrations

NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE: A Black Lives Matter march in London

LONDON, MANCHESTER, Birmingham and Nottingham are set to become the focal points of four major demonstrations this Friday (August 5) after the UK chapter of Black Lives Matter posted a powerful video calling for a shutdown of the major cities.

The rallies are scheduled to occur simultaneously with the specified locations identified as Altab Ali Park in London, Alexandra Park in Manchester, St. Peter's Gate in Nottingham, and a to-be-announced location in Birmingham.

On the Facebook page for the event organisers wrote: “We're coming together to remember we have won before, and we will win again, that racialised sexism, classism and homophobia will become a thing of the past, that we will be free.

"We hold up the names of those lost to state violence here. Sarah Reed. Mzee Mohammed. Jermaine Baker. Mark Duggan and 1,562 others since 1990. Where is justice for Sean Rigg, Leon Patterson and Kingsley Burrell?”

The rallies in Manchester and Nottingham will begin at 6pm and London's begins at 6.30pm.

In a supporting video for the #Shutdown campaign, the British chapter of the movement outlined some of the shocking statistics in relation to police brutality and violence.

“1562 deaths in police custody in my lifetime 0 convictions,” opens an activist before highlighting some of the more recent deaths including Sarah Reed, Jermaine Baker and Mzee Mohammad.

The two-minute clip features many notable figures including journalist Wail Qasim, the NUS black students officer Aadam Musse and Marcia Rigg, the sister of musician Sean Rigg, who died in a south London police station, in August 2008, and a dedicated campaigner.

Marcia said: “We fight for our family struggling with mental health issues as a consequence of structural poverty, police harassment and the indignity of racism every day.”

Following the shootings of two black men in the US last month, the mobilisation of Black Lives Matter in the UK context has been at its strongest after a series of well-coordinated protests last month.

Black Lives Matter UK is a network of activists from across the UK who believe deeply that #BlackLivesMatter. They are not affiliated with any political party.

The group work in co-ordination with other anti-racist groups. For the sake of transparency the group publicly state those whose work it supports or position it stands in solidarity with.

The event page added: “We need a new politics, to take decisions and our destiny into our own hands. This means we need to get people up and out, talking and creating, listening and grieving, believing that there is another way.”

Watch the video here:

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