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ANTI-RACISTS commemorated George Floyd’s funeral in the US today with a symbolic vigil at Nelson Mandela’s statue in London’s Parliament Square.
The alleged racist killing of Mr Floyd by a white police officer has led a wave of protests with millions of people globally taking a stand to say “black lives matter.”
Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) said it was organising to turn the latest wave of anger against racism and injustice into an effective movement for change.
Co-convener Weyman Bennett said: “George Floyd’s life has been robbed from him and his family.
“The world mourns and calls out for justice. Humanity can only free itself from the shackles of racism if it breaks the chains of injustice.
Co-convener Sabby Dhalu said: “The uprising of black communities and others against racism since Floyd was killed must lead to transformation against racial discrimination. We demand justice.”
SUTR is calling on supporters to “take the knee” in a weekly action at 6pm every Wednesday.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced today that landmarks in the capital will be reviewed following the toppling of slave trader Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol.
His office said that the Black Lives Matter protests have highlighted the city’s statues, plaques and street names largely reflect the attitudes of Victorian Britain.
While Labour shadow secretary of state for communities and local government Steve Reed MP welcomed the decision by Labour councils to review all statues in their areas “to make sure monuments and statues on public land are appropriate and represent local people’s values.”
The announcement came as PM Boris Johnson warned that any protesters who harm property would face “the full force of the law.”
Bristol Tory councillor Richard Eddy has described Colston as a “hero” and the removal of his statue as “frenzied thug violence.”
Mr Eddy was forced to resign as deputy leader of Bristol City Council in 2001 after being photographed posing with a golliwog doll, which he said was his mascot. He was reinstated six months later.
Today, a racist pub sign in Derbyshire likened to a golliwog was removed after locals took it down to “save” it.
Derbyshire Dales District Council had said it would remove the caricature of a black man from the 18th-century Green Man & Black’s Head pub in Ashbourne after thousands of people signed a petition.
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