Black Lives Matter protesters march on cancelled Notting Hill Carnival route in demo backed by Extinction RebellionAugust 30, 2020
ANTI-RACISM protesters have gathered in London's Notting Hill this afternoon, marching for an end to police violence and racism.
The Million People March is taking place on the iconic Notting Hill Carnival route, which was cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Demonstrators were heard chanting 'Black Lives Matter' whilst reggae music was blasted in the background.
The Million People March started at Westbourne Grove and Needham Street and is set to end at Hyde Park.
On the website, the demo's organisers said: "We are incorporating the Carnival spirit which is to celebrate emancipation from slavery and also to express what freedom means to us as a minority.
"We are taking back control of our heritage out of the hands of our oppressors.
"We want to bring all the different groups calling for Change under one roof, on a global stage, to a global audience to put further pressure on the UK Government."
Demonstrators have also taken to the streets to fight for an end to "excessive" use of 'stop and search', divestment of police funding into public and social services, and a re-examination of the justice system.
Dozens of protesters have gathered outside Notting Hill tube station – lying down in the road to block oncoming traffic.
And despite the instructions by organisers, there doesn't seem to be universal social distancing and mask-wearing.
In a statement posted on the MPM's website, they say the event "reawakened a deep anger towards the current unjust treatment of people, particularly black people, in custody, on arrest as well as during interactions with police in the UK".
They want to "impugn the current inequalities that beset the black community due to entrenched and systemic racism".
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