A group of people stopped traffic in south London, while hundreds of others celebrated the end of slavery in the British colonies.
Hundreds of people gathered in Brixton on Saturday for Afrikan Emancipation Day.
A large crowd stopped traffic and forced drivers to turn onto A23 Brixton Road.
Image: People gathered to show solidarity to the black community and support the day when slavery was abolished
The annual event, held on August 1, marks the approval of the Abolition of Slavery Act in 1833.
The act freed more than 800,000 enslaved Africans in most British colonies.
After other groups, such as Extinction Rebellion environmental protesters, said they planned to occupy the area, the Metropolitan Police imposed several restrictions on the event.
Various conditions were imposed on demonstrations in areas such as Windrush Square and outside Brixton Police Station, which included that all events must end at 8 pm and people must not walk on the roads.
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The Met said the deadline was set so that officials could separate participants from demonstrations from people who attended other unlicensed meetings or music events.
He also said that meetings of more than 30 people would violate the Health Protection Restrictions established during the coronavirus pandemic.
Police said the roadblock would cause “serious disruption” in and around Brixton because it is used by hundreds of bus routes and thousands of drivers.
At the beginning of the celebration, people listened to music, watched speeches and observed a three-minute silence.
People started marching just before 4 pm to Max Roach Park.
Image: A biker is seen watching the celebrations as he drives through the busy area
Antoinette Harrison, who lives in neighboring Clapham, praised the “unity” of the event as she marched with her cousin and her cousin’s children.
Why did she choose to join, the 38-year-old woman said, “We are tired. And I was just saying, our parents went through this, we are going through this, and I don’t want our next generation to have to end.”
A coalition of groups was involved in the event on Saturday, including Stop The Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide / Ecocide, Afrikan’s Emancipation Day reparations march committee and Rhodes Must Fall Oxford activists.
In a statement explaining why it was participating, Extinction Rebellion said it should raise awareness of “Stop The Maangamizi: We charge Genocide / Ecocide!” petition, adding: “We need to pay more attention to Ecocide and raise our awareness of genocidal and environmental racism”.