12th annual protest against deaths in police custody
The United Family and Friends Campaign (UFFC) staged a protest march from Trafalgar Square to Downing St today. They are brought together by a common bond of allegedly having had a friend or family member die in police custody. London, UK. 30/10/2010
UFFC is a group who have been brought together by a common bond...They have all lost a friend or family member due to what they claim, was mistreatment by the police whilst in custody.
The march from Trafalgar Square to Downing Street was a solemn affair. Approx 100 protesters marched in complete silence with banners fluttering gently in the breeze.
On arrival at Downing Street the group made several heartfelt speeches, detailing what they claim are police cover ups and murder. There were allegations by some, that in one case, the police had turned off CCTV in the cell areas prior to beating one of the family members to death.
Although the mood of the protest was initially reflective and peaceful, this changed when police officers demanded that the protest move off the road and on to the pavement to avoid disruption to traffic. Tempers flared, and rather than move on to the pavement as requested, the protest moved across the road to the gates to Downing Street.
The protesters left, saying that they would return next year.
There was a tense stand off as the protesters attempted to hand a letter into No 10. The police would not allow this and again tempers flared. A compromise was reached, and the protesters attached the letter, along with several bunches of flowers, to the gates of No 10.