Londoners protest US police brutality against African Americans

July 13, 2016 6:57 am

Demonstrators from the Black
Lives Matter movement sit in the road on Parliament Square in central
on July 10, 2016, during a demonstration against the killing of
black men by police in the . (AFP photo)

Londoners have protested US police brutality against African Americans, bringing the city to a standstill again.
Black
Lives Matter protesters marched along Oxford Street and into Trafalgar
Square on Tuesday for the third time since last week when two African
Americans were shot dead by US police.
On July 5, Alton
Sterling,37, was fatally shot by police in the southeastern city of
Baton Rouge while another African American, 32-year-old Philando
Castile, was shot dead a day after by a police officer near St. Paul.
Around 400 people gathered for the march, chanting “no justice, no peace, no racist police.”
The
crowd walked to Oxford Street and then to Piccadilly Circus before
sitting down. The demonstration halted traffic for a few hours.
The
protesters then moved on to Trafalgar Square and during a loud
demonstration outside Downing Street. The demonstrators chanted at
officers: “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

A
women holds up a placard with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” as people
gather in Brixton, south London, to protest against police brutality in
the US, on July 9, 2016. (AFP photo)The new
protest happened after a similar one was held in Manchester the day
before with protesters gathering in Alexandra Park in Moss side, the
scene of a gun crime about a decade ago.
Another demonstration was
held in Brixton, south London, on Saturday. Demonstrators marched to
the police station before heading through neighboring streets.
They were chanting “black lives matter”, “hands up, don’t shoot” and “racist police, our streets.”
In the US, thousands of people have been holding anti-police marches since the shootings of Sterling and Castile.
During
protests on Thursday night in Dallas, Texas, a US army reservist shot
dead five white police officers and wounded seven others in an apparent
retaliation for repeated police killings of unarmed African Americans
across the country.

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