Ferguson Protest Brings Parts Of Central London To A Standstill

Hundreds of people marched through central London in solidarity with Michael Brown, who was shot dead by police in Ferguson. BuzzFeed News reported from the protest.

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London's Oxford Street was brought to a standstill on Wednesday night by a Ferguson-inspired protest.

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Hundreds of protesters congregated outside London's US embassy in the early evening to protest about the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Brown was shot dead by a police officer earlier this year. On Monday a grand jury decided that no charges would be brought against the officer involved.

The initial embassy event was organised by the London Black Revs, the NUS Black Students' Campaign, Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, and Defend the Right to Protest.

The organisers stressed their solidarity with demonstrators in Ferguson, saying: "In the same year that Mark Duggan's murder was deemed lawful, and where the USA's ongoing war on black people has been defined by a string of killings of black men by police, it is as important as ever to affirm solidarity between our people across borders."

Duggan's death sparked riots across England. Earlier this year the courts concluded that the firearms officer who shot him had acted lawfully.

After speeches at the embassy demonstration concluded, the protest turned into an unplanned march through central London, blocking traffic as protesters filled the capital's streets.

Between 500 to 1,000 people were on the protest, which temporarily brought several of the capital's main streets to a standstill.

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One protester told BuzzFeed News: "I came out because it could be me. It could be my friends, it could be my family, it could be anyone. No one should feel that threat on their life every day, hanging over their head, that they could be shot down and there would be no retribution. It's completely unacceptable.

"So everyone's come out tonight to show their anger, and to show that we will take action – we will take to the streets – to voice our anger."

There was a limited police presence that tried at one point to direct the demonstration.

"You're not leading this thing. We are." Protestors to police who have made way to front of protest. #Fergsuon

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"You're not leading this thing. We are." Protestors to police who have made way to front of protest. #Fergsuon

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"Hands up don't shoot." Protest is huge and all cars at a standstill. Buses beeping.

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"Hands up don't shoot." Protest is huge and all cars at a standstill. Buses beeping.

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Smoke bombs were released by some protesters.

Heading down towards Oxford Circus. Screaming 'hands up don't shoot'. Militant and angry crowd. #LondonToFerguson

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Heading down towards Oxford Circus. Screaming 'hands up don't shoot'. Militant and angry crowd. #LondonToFerguson

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Centre of London - "justice for Brown" #Ferguson

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Centre of London - "justice for Brown" #Ferguson

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Protesters chanted "Being black is not a crime" and "Who killed Michael Brown? Police killed Michael Brown" as they walked through central London.

Police presence low, protestors all with hands in the air, angry, and very loud. #Ferguson

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Police presence low, protestors all with hands in the air, angry, and very loud. #Ferguson

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They also chanted "Hands up, don't shoot!" – a line made famous by protesters in Ferguson.

Protesters told BuzzFeed News that the demonstration was due to end outside Charing Cross police station.

Protest chanting "black lives matter." Still a huge crowd. #Ferguson

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Protest chanting "black lives matter." Still a huge crowd. #Ferguson

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crowd getting louder. "No justice no peace - fuck the police." #Ferguson in London

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crowd getting louder. "No justice no peace - fuck the police." #Ferguson in London

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Police told BuzzFeed News that the crowd was smaller than expected.

As the crowd dissipated around 10:30pm, some minor scuffles broke out between police officers and demonstrators, but the march was on the whole peaceful.

Dozens of other protests inspired by events in Ferguson are currently taking place across the US and elsewhere in the world.

Hannah Jewell is a senior staff writer for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Hannah Jewell at hannah.jewell@buzzfeed.com.

Rossalyn Warren is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rossalyn Warren at rossalyn.warren@buzzfeed.com.

Matt Tucker is the UK picture editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

Contact Matthew Tucker at matthew.tucker@buzzfeed.com.

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