Anti-racism protesters have referred to as for “justice” as they gathered in south London to commemorate virtually a 12 months because the death of George Floyd.
Around a dozen campaigners from Stand Up To Racism held placards and chanted outdoors the US embassy in Nine Elms, Lambeth, on Saturday morning.
Police officers watched on as protesters unveiled banners studying “Black Lives Matter”.
The activists chanted “No justice, no peace, no racist police” earlier than a quantity of speeches had been made on “systemic racism which exists within the UK”.
Elizabeth Adofo, an organiser of the protest, mentioned: “We are right here as we speak to mark one 12 months because the homicide of George Floyd by the hands of racist law enforcement officials.
“And it’s been one 12 months since everybody the world over marched in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter motion.
“We’re right here to say it’s nonetheless vital, even after the cameras cease displaying up, even after the massive crowds on the streets, it’s nonetheless vital to unfold that message.
“It doesn’t matter that Derek Chauvin acquired convicted, that may be a small quantity of justice of what he actually deserves.”
Ms Adofo then learn out the names of a quantity of individuals within the UK who she mentioned have “died by the hands of racist police”, after which the activists chanted “say their title”.
Another protester advised the group: “We proceed to have this psychosis in society that splits us.
“There is racism and no justice which matches on for years and years earlier than one thing is finished.”
She added: “We need justice now, we wish it now, we deserve it now, this nation must get up and proper the wrongs it’s completed all through historical past.”
The motion is one of a contemporary crop of peaceable protests throughout the UK to mark the upcoming one-year anniversary.
Last summer time, 1000’s of individuals joined protests in cities throughout the UK to march for better equality following the homicide of Mr Floyd within the US on May 25.
Saturday’s protests – happening in cities together with Manchester, London, Glasgow and Swansea – can be adopted by an internet rally which is able to embody speeches from college professors, solicitors, race equality marketing campaign teams and former shadow residence secretary Diane Abbott MP.