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March Against Racism

An estimated 30,000 people took to the streets of Central London on 18 March 2017 in defiance of racism, xenophobia and bigotry. The annual demonstration — held in advance of the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March — was particularly charged this year, with events such as Brexit, the US presidency of Donald Trump, and the refugee crisis all bringing the topic of racism to the fore. Similar protests also took place across Europe to mark the day.

In London, demonstrators congregated in front of the BBC at Portland Place before marching through Central London towards a rally at Parliament Square. The following photographs were taken prior to and during the march.

 Demonstrators form drum circles and display placards in advance of the march through Central London.

Demonstrators form drum circles and display placards in advance of the march through Central London.

 A demonstrator displays a hand-made placard featuring photographs and stories of three Black people: Mark Duggan (killed by Met Police, England), Théo (assaulted and raped by French police officers), and LaVena Johnson (raped and killed during deployment in Iraq with the US Army).

A demonstrator displays a hand-made placard featuring photographs and stories of three Black people: Mark Duggan (killed by Met Police, England), Théo (assaulted and raped by French police officers), and LaVena Johnson (raped and killed during deployment in Iraq with the US Army).

 ‘Racism is wrong and a killer. Ask my people.’

‘Racism is wrong and a killer. Ask my people.’

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 Members of  Movement for Justice  prepare to march.

Members of Movement for Justice prepare to march.

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 Antifascist activists light smoke grenades as the march makes its way to the bottom of Regent Street.

Antifascist activists light smoke grenades as the march makes its way to the bottom of Regent Street.

 Several antifascist activists meet at Piccadilly Circus. Earlier in the day, antifas squared off here against demonstrators from Britain First; the nationalist group was driven back by the black bloc,  who also made off with their flags .

Several antifascist activists meet at Piccadilly Circus. Earlier in the day, antifas squared off here against demonstrators from Britain First; the nationalist group was driven back by the black bloc, who also made off with their flags.

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