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Pressure grows on government to tackle racism after third week of Black Lives Matter protests

BLACK lives matter protests took place across the country for a third weekend in a row on Saturday as pressure grew for the government to tackle racism in Britain. 

About 2,000 people marched in London, gathering in Hyde Park before making their way to Trafalgar Square past Parliament. 

BLM protest organiser Imarn Ayton called for PM Boris Johnson to engage directly with voices of the movement.

“I have been here every day, I am the person that leads 20,000 people at every protest,” Ms Ayton, a 29-year-old actor, told Reuters.

“Everyone else seems to be in contact with me, except for Boris, so I would like a conversation.”

The actor also called for the removal of Munira Mirza from her recently announced role setting up the PM’s commission on racial disparity.

Ms Mirza has been heavily criticised for describing structural racism as “more of a perception than a reality.”

Ms Ayton said they would continue protesting until the PM meets their demands. “We protest or you listen. We want equality, to be treated fairly, that is all that we ask for — and for justice for those who have been harmed,” she continued. 

Fourteen police vans were lined up nearby during the event, which passed without any confrontations. 

Police have been criticised for adopting a “heavy-handed approach” to BLM protests, including kettling hundreds of people into the early hours of the morning. 

A total of 10 people have now been charged with offences in connection with the BLM protests and those organised by far-right groups in London over the past three weekends, Scotland Yard said.

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