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December 2017

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National Anti-Slavery March

Belgrave Square to Libyan Embassy, London, UK



 

 

 The march goes past the arches on the entrance to Hyde Park

 and past Number 1 London

 and around the large roundabout

 

 

 before turning off and marching through the arch

 where they stop for photographs

 

 and more noisy chanting against slavery and that 'African Lives Matter!'

 with more drumming

 

 and raised fists

 

 There is already a crowd outside the Libyan Embassy - a woman holds up a poster 'Where is the African Union?'

 and others hold up posters against slavery and shout

 At the front are a few Black Muslims with an African priest in white

 who is getting ready to speak and perform an African libation ceremony

 in memory of the many Africans who have fought for their people against enslavement and colonialism

 including Marcus Garvey, Malcolm X and many more.

 

 
     
 with each name he pours some water onto the ground

 

 people in the crord shout out names for him to honour and he adds them

 

 

 finally finishing by putting his whisk in the bowl and shaking it in all directions, blessing us for coming to protest

 

 By this time I'm feeling a little faint with a slight diabetic hypo, and have to make my way out of the crowd so I can

rest and have something to raise my sugar levels - as I go on to another event.


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