London Michael Brown solidarity report

This video from England is called Black Lives Matter. Clashes as THOUSANDS of LONDONERS protest racism.

By Joana Ramiro in Britain:

Michael Brown solidarity march shuts down Oxford Street

Thursday 27th November 2014

TRAFFIC in central London came to a standstill on Wednesday night when a protest over the shooting of black US teen Michael Brown sparked a spontaneous march through the streets.

Hundreds of anti-racist activists attending the London to Ferguson solidarity vigil outside the US embassy swarmed between buses on cars on some of the city’s busiest roads.

Demonstrators held placards reading: “Black lives matter” and “Who protects black people from the police?” as they weaved their way down Oxford Street and past Parliament before finishing at Scotland Yard.

Many had been assembling in front of the US embassy since 7pm but the march grew in size as they marched through the city.

One of the marchers, Booey, told the Star she hadn’t come to fight but that as a black person she had to come and show her anger at “racist police.”

She said: “We’ve done being peaceful, we’ve done sitting back and letting things happen, so we thought we should make some noise.”

The march had set off spontaneously when the London to Ferguson rally in Grosvenor Square came to an end.

Tension was palpable, with hundreds chanting: “No justice, no peace” as speakers criticised the cops.

The slogan was also daubed on the walls of a construction site as the march moved through London.

London Campaign Against Police and State Violence speaker Steffney O’Connor shouted: “Ferguson is England — everywhere you look we see Ferguson around us.

“We do not live in a democracy,” she went on to the sound of others screaming “never again.”

Defend the Right to Protest spokeswoman Hannah Dee called for unity in the fight against racism saying: “This is a struggle that knows no borders.”

She added: “This isn’t a moment, this is a movement!”

As the march set off, police officers and vehicles attempted to tail the group, but they were clearly unprepared for the sudden burst of anger.

There were cries of “fuck the police,” but the demonstration remained peaceful.

It all ended a few hours later with a protest at Scotland Yard HQ.

Ferguson: mass arrests at protest in California despite relative calm in Missouri. In Los Angeles and Oakland, demonstrators took to the streets for a third night to show solidarity with the family of Michael Brown: here.

Michael Brown’s killing in August continues to send shockwaves through Ferguson, Missouri, and beyond: here.

St. Louis County prosecutors may have misled the grand jury investigating the police shooting of Michael Brown into believing that Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson was justified in shooting Brown merely because the unarmed black 18-year-old fled from the officer, according to a review of the grand jury documents by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: here.

The five leaders who failed Ferguson. The crisis in Ferguson has been made worse by serious failures in public administration by police chiefs, regional leaders and even the state’s governor: here.

The grand jury decision has shocked some, dismayed others, and confirmed what many believe — justice for young African American men is applied haphazardly at best. But the more concerning questions for me loom around the lack of transparency and due process. While many in Ferguson, MO and around the world believe nothing short of a guilty verdict would be acceptable, the fact that the accused doesn’t even have to go trial is most concerning: here.

While US retailers are flooding social media with plugs for the latest Black Friday deals, activists angry about the failure to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager earlier this year are using that same space to urge a boycott of the big shopping day.Using the hashtags #BlackOutBlackFriday, #HandsUpDontSpend, #NotOneDime and #BrownFriday, Twitter users across the country are showing solidarity with the cause: here.

St. Louis attorney Pamela Meanes is president of the National Bar Association, the oldest and largest national association of African-American attorneys and judges in the U.S. She has concerns with how St. Louis County D.A. Robert McCulloch handled the Ferguson grand jury process, and joins Here & Now’s Lisa Mullins to explain why: here.

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