Sixteen years of marching

Sixteen years of marching


Written by: Harmit Athwal

For the sixteenth year, families and friends of those that have died in custody marched on Downing Street at the weekend.

UFF 2014 Justice for Leon BriggsBehind the banner of the United Families and Friends Campaign, new families were walking in the procession including the family members of Rubel Ahmed, who died in Morton Hall immigration removal centre earlier this year and the family of Leon Briggs who died in Luton police custody. As usual though, there those who attend the march year after year: the families of Ricky Bishop, Mikey Powell, Sean Rigg, Habib Ullah, Olaseni Lewis and Joy Gardner. There were also the families who have joined in recent years such as the relatives of Mark Duggan and Thomas Orchard.

UFFC 2014 Thomas Orchard small

The noisy protest at Downing Street gave the many assembled families the chance to speak about their loved ones and their more-often-than-not questionable deaths.

UFFC 2014 JimmyMubenga smallThe march is supported by numerous community organisations and unions including: Migrant Media, Newham Monitoring Project, London Campaign Against Police and State Violence, 4WardEver UK, BirminghamStrong Justice 4 All, Tottenham Rights, Joint Enterprise Not Guilty by Association (JENGbA), The Monitoring Group, Pan African Society Community Forum, INQUEST, Defend the Right to Protest, South London Anti Fascists, RMT, Unite, UCU.UFFC 2014 UFFC banner marching

Related links

United Families and Friends Campaign

Watch UFFC campaigns for justice in Ken Fero’s film Injustice



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