5 August 2016
Black Lives Matter UK

Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in east London in the latest of a series of demonstrations aimed to “shutdown” Britain.

Hundreds of demonstrators congregated in Aftab Ali Park, off Adler Street in Whitechapel, on a day the group sparked travel chaos across the country.

The Black Lives Matter movement began in the US, aiming to enable the African-American community to campaign against violence towards black people.

The UK Black Lives Matter group released the following statement: "This morning UKBLM have #Shutdown 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.

Photos by Lucy Brown