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14 Incredibly Powerful Images From The "Black Lives Matter" Protest In London

"The UK is not innocent."

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Thousands took to the streets of London to show solidarity with the US following the death of George Floyd, and to protest against the lack of arrests in the death of Belly Mujinga, a rail worker who died of COVID-19 after being spat at by a man who said he had the virus.

The march began in Hyde Park and ended near parliament, with a stop off at Downing Street.

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A protester holds a sign with the names of black British people who died unjustly.

Belly Mujinga was spat and coughed on while working in London Victoria station in April, and later died.

Shukri Abdi was a 12-year-old girl who drowned in a river while other children laughed in 2019.

Mark Duggan was shot and killed by a police officer in 2011.

Sean Rigg died of cardiac arrest while in police custody in 2008.

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"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"If you're tired of hearing about racism, imagine how tired people are of experiencing it."

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A man lies in front of a car in demonstration. Vehicles also joined alongside the marchers.

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"The UK is not innocent."

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"White Lies Matter."

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"Dismantle power structures of oppression."

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"Black Trans Lives Matter."

Transgender hate crimes went up 81% in the UK in 2019, with black trans individuals being disproportionately affected. In the US, it's thought that trans people of colour have a life expectancy of just 35, and in 2019, at least 20 black trans women were murdered.

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Actor John Boyega took part in the protest and gave a powerful speech, "Black lives have always mattered. We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless. And now is the time. I ain’t waiting."

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"Stop killing the mandem."

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"Black people are 40 times more likely to be stopped and searched in 2019 in UK." This statistic is true, despite the fact that the rate at which prohibited items are found is spread evenly across all ethnicities.

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"If you don't see racism you're not looking hard enough."

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"Black Lives Matter. We matter. Argue with your mum."

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Another sign that has names of black British individuals who faced unjust deaths and police misconduct, which also includes Mark Duggan and Sean Rigg.

Rashan Charles was a 20-year-old who died of a heart attack in police custody in 2017.

Sheku Bayoh was a 32-year-old who died after being restrained by police officers in 2015.

Darren Cumberbatch, 32, died after being tasered by the police in 2017. His inquest found that police face was “excessive” and “probably avoidable.”

Azelle Rodney was a 24-year-old who was killed after being shot six times by a police marksman in 2005.

Sarah Reed, 32, was found dead in her cell in Holloway Prison in 2016. Her inquest stated her cause of death as “self-strangulation” despite prison healthcare staff classing her as low risk to self-harm.


Julian Cole
was 19-year-old when he suffered a broken neck at the hands of police, leaving him paralysed and brain damage in 2013. The officers involved were found to have lied about making welfare checks on Julian.

Edson Da Costa, 25, died of cardiorespiratory arrest while in police custody in 2017.

Daniel Adewole was 16-years-old when he died of an epileptic fit, after staff delayed entering the cells in the young offender institution he was in back in 2015. The inquest heard that officers didn’t enter his cell for 38 minutes.


Kingsley Burrell,
29, died in hospital from a cardiac arrest days after being detained by police in 2011.


Nuno Cardoso,
25, died after going into cardiac arrest while in police custody in 2017.

Derek Bennett was 29-years-old when he was fatally shot by police marksmen.


Jermaine Baker,
28, was shot dead by armed police in 2015.

Anthony Grainger, 36, was shot dead by police in 2012.


Adrian Mcdonald,
34, died after being bitten by police dogs and tasered by the police in 2014.

Jacob Michaels was 25-years-old when he died in police custody in 2011.

Mzee Mohammed Daley was 18-years-old when he died of cardiac arrest after being restrained by shopping centre staff and police in 2016.

Trevor Belle, died of COVID-19 days after being spat on by a passenger in his taxi in May of this year.

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"The system is not broken, it was built this way!!!"

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