Brixton protests: Demonstrators block roads despite police imposing restrictions and curfew as crowds gather for Afrikan Emancipation Day

Brixton protests: Demonstrators block roads despite police imposing restrictions and curfew as crowds gather for Afrikan Emancipation Day

Demonstrators aiming to bring Brixton to a halt stopped traffic by blocking main roads on Saturday, despite police imposing restrictions in the area. Hundreds of people have gathered in south London for the seventh Afrikan Emancipation Day March. A large crowd has now stopped traffic and forced motorists to turn around while marching on the A23 Brixton Road. It comes after a coalition of groups including Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee, Rhodes Must Fall Oxford, and Extinction Rebellion warned they would block the A23 Brixton Road from Max Roach Park to Windrush Square and occupy the area for the day. Organisers planned to shut down a major road through the centre of Brixton in protest against a lack of action on the issue of reparations for slavery. On Friday Scotland Yard said that, while the majority of attendees would be congregating for a "family-friendly, socially distanced day of activities and learning", it was imposing an 8pm curfew and other restrictions on the event. Crowds of people listened to music in Windrush Square – where the event began – watched speeches and observed a three-minute silence to mark the event, which is in its seventh year. Held on August 1, it marks the passing of the 1833 Abolition of Slavery Act, according to organisers. A coalition of groups were involved in the event on Saturday, including Stop The Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide, the Afrikan Emancipation Day reparations march committee and the Rhodes Must Fall Oxford campaigners. Protesters, floats with speakers and people on motorbikes spilled out ...
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