HUNDREDS of protesters took to the streets of London to march for Afrikan Emancipation Day. Protesters waving flags and wearing uniforms held the rally to call for repatriations to African nations and descendants of slaves. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates It comes after campaigners from organisations including Extinction Rebellion, the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee and Rhodes Must Fall Oxford blocked the A23 Brixton Road. But police imposed a curfew on the demonstrations to stop people halting traffic or joining raves in Brixton. The event marked the passing 1833 Abolition of Slavery Act, which came into force on 1 August 1834.Campaigners argue that the millions of pounds in compensation paid to former slaveholders as a result of the Act – without similar recompense for freed slaves – has increased racial injustice. This afternoon, hundreds of people joined a demonstration in Brixton’s Windrush Square and Max Roach Park. A short distance away, another group observed speeches before a three-minute silence was held to mark Afrikan Emancipation Day. Organisers holding signs reading ‘mask up’ handed out face coverings and hand sanitiser to those attending. What is Afrikan Emancipation Day?Campaigners from a range of organisations… Read full this story
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