UK News Protesters blocking roads bring Brixton to a halt
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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 gathered in south London for Afrikan Emancipation Day, when a large crowd stopped traffic and forced motorists to turn around while marching on the A23 Brixton Road.
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Extinction Rebellion was among groups who said it would occupy the area and cause disruption, prompting the Metropolitan Police to impose a number of restrictions ahead of 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 onto Brixton Road shortly before 4pm and began to march to nearby Max Roach Park.
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Antoinette Harrison, who lives in nearby Clapham, praised the “unity” of the event as she marched with her cousin and cousin’s children.
On why she chose to join, the 38-year-old told the PA news agency: “We are tired. And I was just saying, our parents have gone through, we’re going through this, and I don’t want our next generation to. It’s got to come to an end.”
Senior officers have imposed conditions on an arranged demonstration intomorrow.
1. People must only assemble in three designated areas.
2. Any assembly must be finished by 8pm.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk)
She added: “What’s lovely about it is there’s such unity.
“It’s not just the one race, like it was back in the day, now it’s whites, blacks, Hispanics – everyone.”
Asked if she had any concerns about Covid-19 while attending, Ms Harrison, who has been protesting since earlier in the summer, said: “This is a pandemic – racism and not having justice.”
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More than 5,000 people demanded the resignation of the irremovable Conservative Prime Minister, Boïko Borissov, whom they accuse of corruption © Valentina Petrova / AP / SIPA Demonstrators with a banner indicating "Corruption - Resignation", in Sofia, Bulgaria on July 29, 2020. CONTEST - More than 5,000 people demanded the resignation of the irremovable Conservative Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, whom they accuse of corruption For three weeks, the protest has not weakened in Bulgaria .
A large number of Metropolitan Police officers observed the event, with some attempting to move demonstrators, many of whom were wearing masks, off the road and onto the pavement.
Ahead of the demonstration, the force said blocking the road would cause “serious disruption” to Brixton and the surrounding area because it is used by hundreds of bus routes and thousands of motorists.
A number of conditions were imposed on the demonstrations within areas such as Windrush Square and outside Brixton Police Station, stipulating that attendees must not spill into nearby roads and any event must finish by 8pm.
The Metropolitan Police said that the time limit was set so that officers could separate those attending the demonstrations from people attending other gatherings or unlicensed music events.
It also said that gatherings of more than 30 people will be in breach of the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Restrictions and its decision to impose conditions did not mean the assembly in breach of these regulations was authorised by police.
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