Hundreds of protesters take to the streets in huge London march for Afrikan Emancipation Day

Hundreds of protesters take to the streets in huge London march for Afrikan Emancipation Day

PROTESTERS from a number of campaign groups have marched through the streets of London today to call for repatriations to African nations and descendants of slaves. But police have imposed a curfew on the demonstrations to stop people blocking main roads or joining raves in Brixton during Afrikan Emancipation Day. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates It comes after campaigners from organisations including Extinction Rebellion, the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee and Rhodes Must Fall Oxford blocked the A23 Brixton Road. And Scotland Yard says that while most attendees would be congregating for a "family-friendly, socially distanced day of activities and learning", an 8pm curfew will be enforced to stop trouble from others who aren't part of the event. The event marks the passing 1833 Abolition of Slavery Act, which came into force on 1 August 1834. Campaigners argue that the millions of pounds in compensation paid to former slaveholders as a result of the Act - without similar recompense for freed slaves - has increased racial injustice. This afternoon, hundreds of people joined a demonstration in Brixton's Windrush Square and Max Roach Park. A short distance away, another group observed speeches before a three-minute silence was held to mark Afrikan Emancipation Day. Organisers holding signs reading 'mask up' handed out face coverings and hand sanitiser to those attending. A number of demonstrators temporarily blocked Brixton Road at the junction with Acre Lane, forcing cars and buses to stop and turn around. But they moved shortly after police told them ...
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