More than 1,000 protestors turned out last night in London to demand justice for Michael Brown and other young black men killed at the hands of police, both in the United States and here in the UK.
The protest, co-organised by the campaign group Stand Up to Racism and the London Black Revolutionaries, began in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, outside the US Embassy.
The huge crowd chanted “Hands up, don’t shoot”, “Being black is not a crime,” and “No justice, no peace, get these killer cops of the streets,” whilst holding placards and candles.
There were a number of powerful speeches given at the protest, including from Carole Duggan, the aunt of Mark Duggan, who was shot dead by a Met police officer in 2011 sparking protests and looting nationwide that year.
Ms Duggan told the crowd, "We know the pain of losing somebody at the hands of the police. […] That is why we stand in solidarity with the community of Ferguson. I feel they are very strong and brave people.” She continued, “They've come to a point in Ferguson where there is no turning back. They have to carry on fighting. They have to see this through. We have to stand behind them because you know what happens there will eventually happen here."
Another speaker was Marcia Rigg, sister of Sean Rigg, who died after being restrained in an uncomfortable position for a prolonged period of time at Brixton police station in 2008. Addressing the crowd, Rigg gave an emotional account of her brother’s death and why she felt so passionately about the latest injustice in America.
Rigg told the protestors: "Burning and looting - we don't condone these acts - but I for one, and I'm sure people around the world, understand the frustration and anger that the people are feeling when our loved ones are murdered on the streets." She added, “What else are we supposed to do? All we keep getting are lying and corrupt officers murdering our loved ones.”
Following the speeches and a minute’s silence for killed teenager Michael Brown, the protesters marched down Oxford Street to Parliament Square, temporarily stopping traffic at Piccadilly Circus.
The protest was peaceful and the march drew to a close at around 11.30pm outside Parliament Square.