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Published on : Friday, August 5, 2016
A group of activists brought the traffic to a standstill on the road to Heathrow airport on a day of action which featured protests around the UK.
Tram lines are blocked in Nottingham. The protest is carried out near the A45 near Birmingham Airport. However, police has carried out a number of arrests.
Similar events are being called for across Manchester, Nottingham and London.
Campaign group Black Lives Matter – or BLMUK declared their propaganda on the day after Mark Duggan anniversary who was shot by police attempting to arrest him in Tottenham, north London, in August 2011, sparking nationwide riots.
The activists said they had shut roads in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Nottingham to “mourn those who have died in custody and to protest the ongoing racist violence of the police, border enforcement, structural inequalities and the everyday indignity of street racism”.
The images spread across social media showed that the protesters are lying in a row across the M4 slip road to Heathrow beneath a banner which said: “This is a crisis.”. Many of the protesters lay down on the tarmac with their arms chained together.
The non-national protest movement, Black Lives Matter, has expressed its outrage at shootings of unarmed black citizens in the US in recent months.
The campaigners said they aim to highlight “the struggle for black lives in the UK and £Shutdown state-sanctioned racialised sexism, Islamophobia, classism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia”, adding: “We fight for liberation.”