On the anniversary of the death of Mark Duggan, protestors from Black Lives Matter UK have caused disruption to cities across England, “to mourn those who have died in custody and to protest the ongoing racist violence of the police, border enforcement, structural inequalities and the everyday indignity of street racism.”
In London, protestors have blocked a motorway leading to Heathrow airport, causing delays and lane closures.
Six campaigners have locked themselves into boxes.
Trams have also been blocked in Nottingham.
There have also been blockades outside Birmingham airport.
There have been reports of police putting up screens to block photography.
Black Lives Matter UK shared this video explaining the reasons for the protests.
A press release from Black Lives Matter read:
This morning UKBLM have #Shutdown roads in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham to mourn those who have died in custody and to protest the ongoing racist violence of the police, border enforcement, structural inequalities and the everyday indignity of street racism.
We have chosen today for our action to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Mark Duggan’s death at the hands of the Metropolitan Police. We stand in solidarity with the families and friends of all who have died at the hands of the British state. We take action because justice has not been delivered through conventional means: the police, the IPCC, the courts or the legislature.
UKBLM is a network of anti-racist activists from across the UK who believe deeply that #BlackLivesMatter. We believe the time is now for a Black Lives Matter movement in the UK to #Shutdown a nationwide crisis of racism. We are appalled and alarmed to see that in the UK:
- Black people are overrepresented by more than a factor of two for deaths in police custody since 1998.
- Black people are up to 37 times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people.
- Black people are three times more likely to be arrested than white people.
- Black people are 44% more likely to be detained under the mental health act than white people.
- Black people are three times more likely to be unemployed than white people.
- Black Caribbean pupils were almost four times more likely to be permanently excluded from school in 2009-10 than the school population as a whole.
- There has been a 57% increase in reported racist hate crimes since Brexit vote.
- 3132 black and brown people have drowned in the Mediterranean in 2016 alone.