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Anti-racism protests taking place across Britain

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Thousands of BLM protesters are marching across Hyde Park to highlight institutional racism in the UK

For the fourth weekend in a row demonstrators are gathering in major British cities to protest against institutional racism in the UK.

From multiple developing reports it appears that the capital London, in addition to Manchester and the Scottish cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh have been at the center of today’s protests.

Thousands of people have reportedly gathered in Hyde Park to demonstrate against racial inequality in Britain.

Elsewhere in London, demonstrators are walking from the US embassy in Battersea to Parliament Square, with a view to uniting with the Hyde Park protestors.

For the past three weeks the British capital has been the flashpoint of tense standoffs and occasional violence between Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters and the Metropolitan Police.

Last weekend far-right groups and English nationalists tried to disrupt BLM protests under the guise of protecting core British monuments, notably the Winston Churchill statue.

But the English nationalists ended up fighting the Met Police in pitched battles in the centre of London.

The racist mobs even assaulted journalists and reporters, including the Press TV correspondent in London.

Meanwhile in Glasgow more than a thousand people have gathered in the city centre in and around George Square.

The square was the scene of a violent confrontation between racist unionist groups and the police on Wednesday.    

In the Scottish capital Edinburgh, a protest was held at St Andrew Square by the statue of Henry Dundas , an 18th century Tory politician who was opposed to the abolition of the slave trade.

Elsewhere in Scotland, the self-styled Loyalist Defense League (which is a British unionist group) staged a so-called “protect the statues” demonstration at the Paisley War Memorial.  

Meanwhile, south of the border in Manchester a large BLM protest is taking place in Platt Fields Park, Fallowfield.  


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