Despite police warnings over coronavirus restrictions, hundreds of anti-racism protesters took to the streets to protest against systemic racism.
Amid the Black Lives Matter protests prompted by the killing of a black man, George Floyd by a white police officer in America, the originators of the inaugural “Million People March” said they wanted to help the public to voice their opinions.
Anthony Spencer, an author and one of the organisers of the march, said: “This is not a hardened protesters march, this is a family protest march for people who don’t normally protest. We’re trying to have a louder voice. This is like a rowing expedition from one side of the Atlantic to the other side on a little boat. It’s a huge task.”
In normal circumstances, the streets of London would be filled with people turning out for the Notting Hill Carnival. However, on Saturday around 400 people joined the group of protesters and marched from Notting Hill to Hyde Park.
The traditional Notting Hill Carnival had been cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the organisers of the “Million People March” seized the opportunity to conduct the movement.
The group chanted slogans like “The UK is not innocent” and “Enough is enough” as they laid down in the streets and raised their fists at different places along the route. One of the organisers of the march who is also a youth worker and activist, Sasha Johnson, said that she hoped the movement would “empower the community to strive for better”.
The rise in protests amid the coronavirus remains a matter of concerns and signals the need for immediate response to calls which are being made by the public.