Mancunians to rally for #BlackLivesMatter

Mancunians are set to rally for the #BlackLivesMatter cause following a series of shootings in the United States which have led to mass protests, both at home and abroad in the last week.

The shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by US police in separate incidents, have sparked international outrage; leading to protests across the UK including in London and Liverpool.

Now, the PAC45 Foundation have organised a demonstration in Alexandra Park, South Manchester, to protest the ‘heinous shooting’.

The Facebook page for the event, set for 6pm on 11 July, states: “Thousands upon thousands have been killed by police with a disproportionate amount being Black.

“A crisis that [sic] is gripping communities across the board as they take to the streets to demand justice”.
The page also lists the names of people killed by police including those in the UK, such as the death of Mark Duggan in Tottenham which sparked riots across the country.

The event pages adds that: “Although while [sic] we may think that because we are not in America this issues doesn’t affect us the truth is the only difference is that we happen to not be in America”.

Over a thousand people have signed up to the event, which follows similar demonstrations in London and Liverpool.
Demonstrators in Liverpool banged drums and held placards while shouting ‘black lives matter’, and hundreds marched to the Houses of Parliament on Friday 8 July chanting ‘hands up, don’t shoot’.

In Brixton, protestors blockaded cross roads, preventing traffic from moving for four hours.

TNT News

Photo credit: Mike Urban

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