Hundreds of people gathered on Friday at the historic Altab Ali Park in East London to denounce racism and Islamophobia.
The series of demonstrations were led by the Black Lives Matter movement across the UK to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the death of Mark Duggan, who was killed by police in Tottenham in 2011.
Demonstrators at Altab Ali Park were shouting “No Justice, No Peace” as they called out the names of the victims who died in police custody including Sean Rigg, Leon Patterson, and Sarah Reed.
Faruk Ali, Habib “Paps” Ullah, Mzee Mohammed and Sheku Bayoh are the names of the victims who are Muslim.
The rally was held at Altab Ali Park, which was named after a young Bangladeshi worker who was brutally murdered at the park in 1978. His murder sparked public uprising.
“All lives matter including black lives,” said Kadija Sesay, the cousing of Sheku Bayoh who died after being captured by over nine police officer in Scotland last year. “There needs to be a political will to bring accountability.”
Demonstrators say that there have been 1,562 death in police custody in England and Wales since 1990 but no one was convicted.
African-American people are 44% more likely to be held under the Mental Health Act, 37 times more likely to be stopped and searched by the police, and 3 times more likely to be unemployed compared to white people.