London, Manchester, Birmingham and Nottingham are set to become the focal points for protest this Friday (August 5) after the UK chapter of Black Lives Matter posted a video calling for a shutdown of the major cities.
Rallies are scheduled to occur from 6pm at specific locations including Alexandra Park (Manchester), St Peter's Gate (Nottingham), Altab Ali Park (London) and a yet to be confirmed location in Birmingham.
The #Shutdown campaign was advertised on a video uploaded by the British chapter of the movement with notable figures including journalist Wail Qasim, NUS black students officer Aadam Musse and Marcia Rigg, the sister of musician Sean Rigg, who died in a south London police station in August 2008.
The video included a series of highly critical statistics including:
- Black people are 37 times more likely to be stopped and searched.
- A black women is 3 times more likely to be unemployed than a white woman.
- A black child is 3 times more likely to be permanently excluded from school.
The Black Lives Matter movement began in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Africa-American teen Trayvon Martin.
For further information on the events click here: https://www.facebook.com/BLMUK/