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Kill the bill protests set for cities and towns across UK this Easter

Kill the bill protests will taking place all over the country on Friday and Saturday, when there is a day of action.

The Tory Police and Crime Bill would give police the powers to shut down protests for making too much noise or causing ‘disruption’ – but all protests make noise and cause at least some disruption, after all that’s the whole point of protests.

In reality the Tories fear a long hot summer and so are getting tooled up, legally speaking, although they already have enough laws to orchestrate a clampdown on our democratic rights.

The BLM movement last summer and the Extinction Rebellion actions earlier really upset the Tories and this is the backlash from the right.

Fortunately for democracy in the UK, people have no intention of taking the imposition of this draconian legislation lying down and have been taking to the streets, from Newcastle to Bristol to Manchester.

It is not illegal to hold protests providing they are Covid safe, which means maintaining social distancing and mask wearing and use of sanitiser on hands and for wiping down equipment.

Jeremy Corbyn MP is slated to speak at the London protests according to information on social media.

Update: Saturday’s London protest details latest – Meet 1pm Speakers Corner Hyde Park – Jeremy Corbyn is now speaking

Kill the bill protests – check social media for details:

blm_cardiff  PROTEST ANNOUNCEMENT

Nation Day of Action – defend your right to protest

Bute Park, Cardiff
Saturday 3rd April
2PM

#killthebill #justiceformohamud #justiceformouayed

Tribe Named Athari (LDNBLM) calls ‘conversation’ RALLY – brixton, friday 24th july 5pm

Tribe Named Athari (formerly LDNBLM) invite you to link up.

Windrush Square, Brixton, London

Friday, 24th July 5pm

A rally happening in the heart of Brixton. Less of a demonstration and more of a conversation.

A platform for discussion and expression!

We want to bring further understanding to who we are and what we stand for.

Tribe Named Athari (TNA) was formerly LDNBLM and were keyfacilitators in some of the major London protests.

‘Athari’ is Swahili (we think) for impact.

Carmarthen to Leamington Spa: BLM protests Saturday 18 – pictures from around the UK

BLM protests took place all over the UK last weekend, as they have for the past two months. Below we report on just some of them.

“Get your knee off my neck” – Justice for Marcus Coutain

Around 50 people gathered outside Islington police station on Saturday after an officer was filmed kneeling on Marcus Coutain’s neck as was being detained.

Outside Islington police station in north London on Saturday 18 July

BLM protests in Lewsiham

Lewisham
Lewisham

Above: BLM protest in Lewisham, south east London

Below: Smethwick, West Midlands takes the knee

Around 60 people gathered in Smethwick to take the knee for racial equality.

Smethwick BLM protest
Smethwick

Leamington Spa says black lives matter!

Leamington Spa

Above: Leamington Spa

Carmarthen, Wales: 100 turn out for Picton Must Fall! demo

A socially distanced demonstration calling for the removal of the Picton Memorial in Carmarthen and its replacement with a fitting memorial to the victims of Thomas Picton and slavery.

Carmarthen
Picton Must Fall!
Carmarthen

“I can’t breathe” pleads black man attacked by Brighton police

Brighton police racist violence on display in yet another shocking video.

From the Independent

Video footage showing officers restraining a man as he repeatedly shouts “I can’t breathe” has been referred to the police watchdog. 

A man can be seen lying on the ground as he is restrained by three officers near a police car in a recording captured in Brighton on Tuesday.

A witness to the incident said: “I have seen people be arrested before, I have never seen anything like that. 

“It was really, really shocking. I do not understand why there were three policemen sat on him.”

Join the Brighton BLM protest

Details here.

Birmingham City fans march against racism and for Trevor Smith shot dead by police

From I Am Birmingham:

The anti-racist march was held to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and in honour of local man Trevor Smith, who was tragically shot dead by armed police last year.

Despite the number of attendees estimated at around 300 by reporters and 2,000 by organisers, the event was a peaceful gathering of BCFC supporters from all backgrounds who joined forces to voice their solidarity against racism and hate.

Marc Gauntlett, who led the march with friends, hopes it will bring together football fans and former ‘hooligans’, “uniting people of all backgrounds against hate.”

Gauntlett was active in The Zulu Warriors hooligan firm which supports Birmingham City Football Club, and has left behind a life of violence related to hooliganism. Now reformed, he wants to show that football fans must rise beyond racist attitudes and challenge racism in the sport.

Pic Lensi Photgraphy

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Keep going for Breonna Taylor – protest on Sat 11 July across the UK

london_blm WE JUST RECEIVED THESE PROTESTS FOR BREONNA TAYLOR ACROSS THE UK ? Check for your city!
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Let us know if a protest is planned in your city, town or village!

Justice for Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry

There have been calls to widen the focus of these protests to include the cases of Nicole Smallman, 27, and Bibaa Henry, 46.

Nicole Smallman and Bibaa Henry

The sisters were murdered but the police treatment of the families has shocked the country.

The police refused to search for the sisters when the family asked for help to find them. A boyfriend of one of the sisters eventually found the bodies.

Police officers involved in the inquiry took photographs of the deceased and allegedly shared the selfies on some of their social media.

This level of dehumanisation of black women is truly horrendous, not to mention racist. The officers have been suspended.

At the least, the police officers who took the disgusting selfies should be sacked forthwith and then prosecuted for misconduct in a public office.

Two days ago an 18-year-old man was arrested after the police were forced to put resources into hunting down the suspect.

Full report here.