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1,000 join Ferguson shooting demo

Over 1,000 people protested outside the US embassy in London before marching down Oxford Street tonight to condemn the decision not to prosecute a police officer for shooting dead black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

Many of the protesters held placards which read "jail racist cops" and "black lives matter", while others carried candles.

A minute's silence was observed to remember people killed by the police around the world, which was followed by a loud chant of "killer police off our streets".

The demonstration was noisy but appeared to be non-violent.

The crowd was so large that it spilled out of a designated area in Grosvenor Square and lined up against the fence of the embassy.

After listening to a number of speeches the group marched down nearby Oxford Street, which is Europe's busiest shopping street.

Traffic was stopped as protesters made their way towards Piccadilly Circus.

Carol Duggan, aunt of Mark Duggan, and Marcia Rigg, of the Sean Rigg Justice And Change campaign, both spoke at the gathering outside the embassy.

Mark Duggan, a young black man, was shot dead by a police officer in London in August 2011 sparking riots across the city, while Sean Rigg died at Brixton police station in 2008. Marcia Rigg is Sean Rigg's sister.

Ms Duggan told the crowd: "We need to send a message to Mike Brown's family.

"We feel the pain, we know the pain, of losing somebody at the hands of the police.

"That is why we stand in solidarity with the community of Ferguson. I feel they are very strong and brave people."

She went on: "They've come to a point in Ferguson where there is no turning back.

"They have to carry on fighting. They have to see this through.

"We have to stand behind them because you know what happens there will eventually happen here."

Ferguson was engulfed in serious civil unrest following a grand jury's decision on Monday not to charge police officer Darren Wilson for shooting Mr Brown.

Ms Rigg said: "Burning and looting - we don't condone these acts - but I for one and I'm sure people around the world understand the frustration and anger that the people are feeling when our loved ones are murdered on the streets.

"What else are we supposed to do?"

She added: "All we keep getting are lying and corrupt officers murdering our loved ones."

The London protest was organised by campaign groups Stand Up To Racism and the London Black Revolutionaries.


From Belfast Telegraph