Vicky Spratt | Deputy Editor | Monday, 11 July 2016

Black Lives Matter Protests In Pictures

Black Lives Matter Protests In Pictures

The Debrief: Pictures which sum up the Black Lives Matter protests which took place this weekend in response to the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisina and Philando Castile in Minnesota

From Friday to Sunday Black Lives Matter marches caused road blocks across London over the weekend.  They were protests which followed from the deaths of Alton Sterling in Louisina and Philando Castile in Minnesota last week, two black Americans shot and killed by police officers. The incidents have revived anger and frustration about racial discrimination.

The deaths of both men were captured on social media, Sterling’s death was recorded on a mobile phone and Castile’s was broadcast on Facebook Live by his girlfriend. At a subsequent peaceful protest in Texas five police officers were shot and killed by a lone gunman.

The Black Lives Matter movement in London expressed solidarity with those in the US. Placards bore slogans such as ‘Humans Not #Hashtags’ and ‘Stop Killing Us’.

Co-organiser of the protests, Ayishat Akanbi, wrote on Instagram: ‘I'm desperate to have honest conversations with people, I'm desperate for ideas and open minded individuals to attend. I'm desperate for this not to end as soon as Kylie Jenner drops a controversial selfie. I really want an honest space for us to all address our role in the destruction of the entire planet and our hidden presumptions about people based on their race/identity .’

 

A photo posted by Ayishat X Akanbi (@ayishat_akanbi) on Jul 8, 2016 at 5:19am PDT

 

 

A photo posted by Jenn NKIRU (@jennnkiru) on Jul 10, 2016 at 4:12am PDT

 

A photo posted by Jenn NKIRU (@jennnkiru) on Jul 10, 2016 at 4:21am PDT

 

A photo posted by (.)(.)MAXILLA(.)(.) (@_lotte_andersen_) on Jul 8, 2016 at 1:03pm PDT

Beyonce, who is currently in the UK with her Formation tour, issued a statement on her website which read ‘We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they “Stop killing us”. We don't need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.’

 

A photo posted by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jul 7, 2016 at 12:42pm PDT

This image of an unarmed young woman standing calmly in front of two police officers as they appear to rush towards her outside police headquarters in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Alton Sterling was killed has also been shared by many.

 

A photo posted by BBC News (@bbcnews) on Jul 11, 2016 at 12:09am PDT

 

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