UFFC Rally 2019 : Shows solidarity with Scottish & French campaigners

Marching on Whitehall 2019
Marching on Whitehall 2019 – Image credit Rhiann Francis

compiled from Various Sources
published: 27 October 2019

The annual United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) held its annual march in central London on Saturday 26 October 2019.

This year the annual event also showed solidarity with simultaneous marches and protests with fellow campaigners that took place in Scotland and France.

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Deaths in state custody internationally are still a huge concern and sees no signs of abating. While the problem is systemic, often maintained by institutional racism, many families demanding justice say that the police [and other state institutions] are never held to account for deaths in custody and most certainly do not face any semblance of justice, trial or jail.

Ken Fero, of Migrant Media, and other supporters helped the National Memorial Family Fund to raise £180.00 selling promotional badges to over 60 of the people that attended the event. You can read more here >

Solidarity with France

In a Joint Statement by L’Association des Victimes des Crimes Sécuritaries (France) and the United Families and Friends Campaign (UK). The statement opens by saying;

“Today, Saturday 26 October 2019, is an historic occasion. The United Families & Friends Campaign and the L’Association des Victimes des Crimes Sécuritaries are marching in London and Lyon in solidarity. In London and in Lyon we march to remember our loved ones killed at the hands of the state in police custody, prison custody or secure medial units.

We march to demand justice for our loved ones. We march to make sure their names are remembered. We march to raise awareness to the people of France, Britain and the world that the state is killing our loved ones in your name”.

Download the full statement here >

Solidarity with Scotland

The family of Allan Marshall (a prisoner who died while being restrained) held a vigil in Edinburgh outside the Crown Office on Saturday to coincide with remembrance events organised by the United Families and Friends Campaign (UFFC) in London and Lyon.

Allan was being held on remand at HMP Edinburgh in March 2015 when he suffered a cardiac arrest during a lengthy struggle with staff, during which he was dragged face down and feet first by prison officers.

A sheriff described his death as “entirely preventable” after a fatal accident inquiry (FAI).

Read an associated article here >

Letter to the UK Prime Minister: At the culmination of the protest outside Downing Street protesters handed a formal letter to number 10, as have done for 2 decades, demanding that government take decisive action. Download the letter here >

Other News:

Families of people killed by the police march on Downing Street demanding justice
27 October 2019

Britons march against police brutality
27 October 2019

See the 2019 photo gallery here >