As thousands headed to central London to protest that Black Lives Matter on Sunday, there were signs of support locally as well. This banner was spotted by Craig Oliver on Barnes Bridge and some 500 people gathered on Kew Green to show their support to the movement. Artist Carrie Reichardt, who was one of those on the Green, told The Chiswick Calendar:
“Great to be able to protest local and safely. Great atmosphere and range of protesters – young and old”.
Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford & Isleworth wrote:
“After yet another night of angry protests in the States, we cannot dismiss the situation in the US as not being relevant here.
“This is a wake-up call that our neighbours, friends and colleagues here in the UK still experience racism regularly and we have a duty to call it out”.
Black MPs have shared the torrent of racial abuse they have received. Labour’s Dawn Butler MP receives these amongst others:
“There will come a time when you can’t breath[e], and we will all be happy”
‘Come the revolution you will be one of the first”,
The Conservative peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi shared this:
“Who gave you immigrants not native to Britain the right to dictate to us British, values and history. Sod off back to your own country of mud huts.”
Labour MP for Brent North, Barry Gardiner was criticised in Parliament for breaching social distancing when he knelt down among a crowd of demonstrators outside Parliament last week.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan said:
“Yesterday’s Black Lives Matter demonstration made it clear that protests must be a thing of the past until coronavirus is beaten. Currently it’s simply not possible for thousands of people to demonstrate on London’s streets safely”.
Joanna Raikes, one of the protesters who went to the demonstration outside the US Embassy from Chiswick on Sunday wrote:
“I have been in turmoil all week deciding whether or not to protest” because of exactly that concern. Read her guest blog on The Chiswick Calendar website.
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