Skip to comments.London protesters march in honour of Trayvon Martin
Posted on 07/29/2013 2:27:18 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
AN ANTI-RACIST campaign group took to the streets of London last week in tribute to killed American teenager Trayvon Martin.
Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC) brought together up to 250 people from across the UK in anger of the prevalence of institutional racism both at home and abroad for a high-profile march through central London.
Marking seven days of protest fuelled by the dismay of George Zimmermans acquittal of Martins murder, campaigners with banners and placards marched from the US embassy to Downing Street on Saturday afternoon (July 27).
BARAC co-chair Lee Jasper explained that Martins killing in Florida had a huge effect on the worldwide black community and echoes the racist issues faced in Britain.
Speaking after the event, Jasper said: Despite only a seven-day turnaround, it was a remarkable protest involving a couple hundred people who are passionate about making sure our rights are listened to and upheld.
"We had a very noisy and dynamic group of supporters and we will continue to make our voices heard.
The rally followed widespread protests in over 100 US cities against Zimmermans trial result, and the boycotting of Florida where the trial took place by famous entertainers such as soul legends Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan.
Author Ann Samuel, from Harrow, said supporting the protest was important in stopping similar incidents happening in Britain.
Its about social justice, she told The Voice.
Everyone should be able to live their life in peace. When a young boy loses his life in that manner, its a tragedy for us all. Human rights must respected.
Martin Turner from Wandsworth added: My wife [Margot] and I are appalled by the way this young black boy [Martin] has been killed by a white man and he was acquitted. It just isnt right in my opinion.
The past 18 months have been a pivotal period for Britains black community following a number of court trials and inquiries into the suspicious deaths of Jimmy Mubenga, Kingsley Burrell, Azelle Rodney and Smiley Culture which exposed substantial failures within the police force and other authorities.
Additionally, in recent months the Stephen Lawrence family have been back in the spotlight following revelations from Peter Francis, a former undercover police officer, that he was pressured by his superiors to dig up dirt on the dead teenagers loved ones.
Led by BARAC, the march was supported by the Unite, the Public and Commercial Services union, the National Union of Teachers, the Socialist Worker and other anti-racism civil liberty groups, half a century after civil rights leader Dr Martin Luther King delivered his famous I have a dream speech to more than 250,000 onlookers from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC.
Having studied the Martin case intently, Khalid Afzal, from Birmingham, said the killing made him worry about the future of race relations.
I was expecting at least manslaughter [for Zimmerman] but he didnt even get that. Its unacceptable and it affects us over here. People are committing murder and getting away with it.
Today it is Trayvon Martin, tomorrow it may be my kids. We need justice.
American MSM caused this.
If they march anything like they did back in 1700’s they’re in trouble.
In the next zombie movie made...London would be a great place for a casting call.
250? Wow that definitely warrants an article.
Obviously these dolts are ignorant of the FACTS of the zimmerman case.
Nay, they cannot spell...
Surely they must have had some idea...of the oddly coincidental name they chose!
I stopped reading at the words “social justice”.
I always do.
” the worldwide black community”
this first instance I KNOW of..of there ever having been such a “community”
Next thing you know we’ll be reading about the Worldwide Juvie Puke Community....and the Worlwide Travonne Martin Community
not that i am shocked mind you...given current tealities
Well I guess they have their share of dumbasses too.
After reading this article I was compelled to stand up and look out my window for an approaching Trayvon Martin mob. Nothing going on.
“Its unacceptable and it affects us over here”
I’m guessing this (likely Muslim) bag of goatslime did not even blink when a soldier had his head cut off by some Muztard in London.
In what way does this affect ANYONE in the UK? Was this clear cut case such an ‘injustice’, it affects everyone in the world? I can only look at humanity and shake my head.
250 people is news?
one of the so called VICTIMS they mentioned....was a SUICIDE.
Reggae star “Smiley Culture” died from a self-inflicted stab wound to the chest during a police raid at his home, an inquest jury has found.
Smiley Culture..SUCH a name in an article about BARAC
The British should enjoy being victims then.
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