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Who is the secret British protest group Forever Family Force?


Demonstrators who appeared to be wearing vests with black paramilitary-style uniforms marched through London yesterday, calling on Britain to make amends for generations of African slavery.

The peaceful protest brought together several small action groups to bring Brixton to a standstill, but it was the little-known Forever Family group that made the most striking impression.

The grassroots organization, whose social media accounts are all private, aims to centralize community groups to support like-minded organizations.

A promotional video by the group, whose members resembled the revolutionary Black Panther activists of the 1960s in America, said they were "united in the fight against racism, inequality and injustice".

At least one protester wore a balaclava while others wore black flags and walkie-talkies.

It is unclear how the group will be financed, but they have been described as a "black company" that accepts donations from the public.

Their “corporate values” are listed as “integrity, transparency and accountability” – which suggests that they are more likely to do their work on a business or military basis.

Demonstrators who appeared to be wearing vests with black paramilitary-style uniforms marched through London yesterday, calling on Britain to make amends for generations of African slavery

One of the demonstrators was wearing a balaclava. He marched with a group of people who said FF Force was attached to what appear to be anti-stitch vests

One of the demonstrators was wearing a balaclava. He marched with a group of people who said FF Force was attached to what appear to be anti-stitch vests

The grassroots organization Forever Family aims to centralize community groups to support like-minded organizations according to their promotional material

The grassroots organization Forever Family aims to centralize community groups to support like-minded organizations according to their promotional material

Family Forever members resembled the revolutionary Black Panther activists of the 1960s in America

Family Forever members resembled the revolutionary Black Panther activists of the 1960s in America

A group promotional video (pictured on the march) said they were "united in the fight against racism, inequality and injustice".

A group promotional video (pictured on the march) said they were "united in the fight against racism, inequality and injustice".

Videos showed the group in rows and following orders in military exercises

Videos showed the group in rows and following orders in military exercises

The March (participants in the picture) was the day of African emancipation - the 186th anniversary of the entry into force of the law to abolish slavery

An activist of the Forever Family

The March (participants in the picture) was the day of African emancipation – the 186th anniversary of the entry into force of the law to abolish slavery

Videos showed the group in rows and following orders in a military style exercise.

Another clip shows demonstrators wearing vests labeled "Forever Family Force" and singing "We are Forever Family".

The march marked the day of African emancipation – the 186th anniversary of the entry into force of the law to abolish slavery.

In a video released for social media, the group said its goal was to "mobilize, organize, and centralize community initiatives to empower and support organizations with similar goals."

Another social media announcement said Forever Family "agreed to build a self-sufficient and stable community" and would "create a hub and path to finance, start-ups, grants, and investments."

They said: “We believe in using all of our experience and resources to achieve results.

"We appreciate the safety of our senior and junior generation. Your voices will be the motivation for what we stand for. "

The people were there to give masks and hand gel to those present. Pictured: Family Forever members

The people were there to give masks and hand gel to those present. Pictured: Family Forever members

Solid Crew, an early British garage collective, writes regularly about Forever Family.

Before Black Pound Day – an initiative designed to encourage the British to shop at black-owned companies – the group wrote:

& # 39; Black Pound Day (BPD) is a solution to support the long-term economic growth of the UK's Black Owned Business.

"Forever Family is proud to get in touch with Black Business Owners and to support them in the long term."

On the way through London, the group shared videos of participants meandering down the street.

Former MEP Nigel Farage has classified the march as "divisive".

He said: & # 39; Terrifying scenes in Brixton today. A paramilitary force is marching on the streets.

"The BLM movement wanted this from the start and it will split our society like never before."

The Greens' co-chair, Jonathan Bartley, responded to Mr. Farage's intervention.

He tweeted: "You're just trying to create a split. But these people in Brixton know today that love and justice will overcome the fear and hate you sell. Hope is what people need right now and they show the way there. & # 39;

The city police said three people were arrested during the demonstration that afternoon.

Former MEP Nigel Farage described photos of today's Brixton demonstration as "terrifying" and claimed that "a paramilitary force was marching on the streets".

Former MEP Nigel Farage described photos of today's Brixton demonstration as "terrifying" and claimed that "a paramilitary force was marching on the streets".

Scotland Yard said one man was arrested on suspicion of the affair, another on suspicion of attacking an emergency worker and one woman on suspicion of an intensified racist attack.

Deputy Commissioner Laurence Taylor, who was responsible for police operations yesterday, said: “Today's gatherings have been largely peaceful. We thank our congregations for working with us to ensure that the voices of the congregation can be heard safely and responsibly to ensure everyone's safety. & # 39;

According to Scotland Yard: “Throughout the day, officials were present who worked with the community organizers and spoke to participants to ensure a successful day without anti-social behavior or violence, resulting in only three arrests.

Conditions had been imposed on the demonstrations. This included that participants gathered in three specific areas within Brixton and the demonstrations ended at 8:00 p.m.

& # 39; These terms were approved after it became known that some participants had intended to block the A23 – the main road through Brixton. This would have disturbed the residents and the surrounding areas considerably. "

All three remain in police custody.

The demonstrators joined hundreds of others this afternoon to celebrate African Emancipation Day in Windrush Square, Brixton

The demonstrators joined hundreds of others this afternoon to celebrate African Emancipation Day in Windrush Square, Brixton

A large police presence surrounded the demonstrators marching through the center of Brixton this afternoon

A large police presence surrounded the demonstrators marching through the center of Brixton this afternoon

A protester in combat suits and a beret was seen on a video in which several police officers were confronted. She warned an officer not to push her.

Several police officers in the area have been dealing with members of the public, while some officials appear to have been arrested.

The woman approached the police car and was blocked by several officers who protected the rear of the vehicle.

Anyone who approached the police was pushed back. Several of the demonstrators filmed the incident.

One of the protesters attempted to sing "No Justice, No Peace" and then started an explosive turmoil accusing the police of being racist.

Other groups involved were the Forever Family Force and the Rhodes Must Fall Oxford activists.

A number of demonstrators temporarily blocked Brixton Road at the intersection with Acre Lane, forcing cars and buses to stop and turn around.

Protesters, including some from Extinction Rebellion, occupied the center of the intersection until police officers asked them to go back on the curb.

Three people – with signs saying "Mask up" and visor – distributed facial masks and hand disinfectants to the participants.

The main group, Stop The Maangamizi: We accuse Genocide / Ecocide, wants the government to set up an all-party parliamentary commission for truth and redress justice.

Crowds listened to music in Windrush Square – where the event started – watched speeches and watched a three-minute silence to mark the event, which is taking place in the seventh year.

On Saturday, a coalition of groups participated in the event, including Stop The Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide / Ecocide, the reparations marching committee for the African Emancipation Day and the activists from Rhodes Must Fall Oxford.

The Rhodes Must Fall activists want colonialist Cecil Rhodes' statute to be removed from Oxford's Oriel College.

While Rhodes was not involved in the slave trade, he exploited black Africans who worked in his diamond mines and believed in the predominance of the English.

Shortly before 4 p.m. demonstrators, swimmers with loudspeakers and people on motorbikes flocked to Brixton Road and marched to nearby Max Roach Park.

Groups of demonstrators carried home-made signs calling for action against ongoing racist violence

Groups of demonstrators carried home-made signs calling for action against ongoing racist violence

Among the groups that protested in Brixton were these motorcyclists who drove various types of high-performance machines

Among the groups that protested in Brixton were these motorcyclists who drove various types of high-performance machines

Demonstrators support the Stop the Maangamizi campaign and the March Committee for African Emancipation's Reparation Day

Demonstrators support the Stop the Maangamizi campaign and the March Committee for African Emancipation's Reparation Day

Protesters blocked the main road through Brixton and said they had taken drastic measures to make themselves heard.

Protesters blocked the main road through Brixton and said they had taken drastic measures to make themselves heard.

The city police started dispersing the crowd from the Brixton demonstration at 8pm

The city police started dispersing the crowd from the Brixton demonstration at 8pm

Reparations for the day of African emancipation March

The annual reparations march on African Emancipation Day is part of a campaign calling on Britain to make up for the enslavement of generations of African people.

Today's march marks its seventh year to draw attention to their cause.

The event marked the adoption of the 1833 Slavery Abolition Law, which entered into force on August 1, 1834.

Activists argue that the £ million compensation paid to former slave owners as a result of the law, without a similar reward for freed slave owners, is cemented and intensified racial injustices that are still felt today.

The demonstrators marched along Brixton Road towards Max Roach Park, blocked the road and stopped traffic.

Activists argue that the £ million compensation paid to former slave owners as a result of the law, without a similar reward for freed slave owners, is cemented and intensified racial injustices that are still felt today.

Antoinette Harrison, who lives in nearby Clapham, attended the event to march with her cousin and her cousin's children.

The 38-year-old explained why she took part in the event: “We are tired.

"And I just said our parents went through it, we go through it, and I don't want our next generation to do it. It has to end. & # 39;

She added: “The nice thing is that there is such a unity.

"It's not just the one race it was back then, now it's white, black, Hispanics – everyone."

When asked if she had concerns about the corona virus while attending, Ms. Harrison, who has been protesting since the beginning of summer, said: "This is a pandemic – racism and not justice."

The protesters wanted to block Brixton because "we / they will not be heard" in their request to the British government to set up the all-party parliamentary fact-finding commission on truth and redress justice.

The event aimed to promote the need to stop the genocide and ecocide of the African population and their environment, activists of the Extinction Rebellion said.

According to Scotland Yard, curfew and other restrictions have been imposed on the planned demonstrations to prevent people from blocking main streets or planning illegal music events.

The city police said on Friday that blocking Brixton Street and the surrounding area will "seriously disrupt" the area as it is used by hundreds of bus routes and thousands of motorists.

It is said to impose a number of conditions on demonstrations in areas such as Windrush Square, Max Roach Park and outside Brixton Police Station. They are not allowed to get on nearby streets and must be ready by 8 p.m.

The group announced that the time limit was set so that officials could separate the demonstration participants from those who attended other gatherings or unlicensed music events.

A man is taking part in the seventh annual reparations march on African Emancipation Day in Brixton this afternoon

A man is taking part in the seventh annual reparations march on African Emancipation Day in Brixton this afternoon

Stop the Maangamizi is one of the organizations dedicated to reparation on the day slavery was abolished

Stop the Maangamizi is one of the organizations dedicated to reparation on the day slavery was abolished

The police were on site when protesters marched through Brixton this afternoon on African Emancipation Day

The police were on site when protesters marched through Brixton this afternoon on African Emancipation Day

The protesters brought Brixton to a standstill on the day of Africa's emancipation, even though police restrictions had been imposed prior to the event

The protesters brought Brixton to a standstill on the day of Africa's emancipation, even though police restrictions had been imposed prior to the event

Deputy Commissioner Laurence Taylor said yesterday before the event: “The decision to impose conditions on a meeting is never taken lightly and is made after a thorough evaluation of the information available to us.

& # 39; We have no intention of violating a responsibly organized community event.

& # 39; We only require that this be done so that the open spaces of Brixton are used and the main road through Brixton remains open to other Londoners.

“In the past few weeks, we have monitored a number of UMEs (unlicensed music events) that play loud music at night that disturbs residents and poses a real threat to both property and civil servants who care about their dispersion To take care of.

"We have received information that there are those who intend to come to Brixton on Saturday to intentionally cause interference and confront police officers.

"This is in stark contrast to the events that will take place earlier in the day and is contrary to the wishes of the local community."

The Yard added that gatherings of more than 30 people would violate the coronavirus and the decision to impose conditions did not mean that the meeting that violated these regulations was approved by the police.

The march was conducted by a coalition of organizations that had come together to highlight the cause of the reparations

The march was conducted by a coalition of organizations that had come together to highlight the cause of the reparations

The city police said they worked with the local community to give them the right to protest

The city police said they worked with the local community to give them the right to protest

Motorcyclists who support the Stop the Maangamizi campaign and the Reparations March Committee of the African Emancipation Day are taking part in a march from Windrush Square to Max Roach Park in Brixton, London this afternoon

Motorcyclists who support the Stop the Maangamizi campaign and the Reparations March Committee of the African Emancipation Day are taking part in a march from Windrush Square to Max Roach Park in Brixton, London this afternoon

An Extinction Rebellion protester supporting the Stop the Maangamizi Campaign and the Reparations March Refrations Day for Africans takes part in a march from Windrush Square to Max Roach Park in Brixton, London

An Extinction Rebellion protester supporting the Stop the Maangamizi Campaign and the Reparations March Refrations Day for Africans takes part in a march from Windrush Square to Max Roach Park in Brixton, London

Demonstrators praised the unity of the march when various groups came together to march on the day of African emancipation

Demonstrators praised the unity of the march when various groups came together to march on the day of African emancipation

Protesters gathered in Windrush Square in Brixton before marching through the streets with signs and banners

Protesters gathered in Windrush Square in Brixton before marching through the streets with signs and banners

The police had issued restrictions and a curfew prior to the event due to concerns that the demonstration would cause serious disruptions

The police had issued restrictions and a curfew prior to the event due to concerns that the demonstration would cause serious disruptions

To support the campaign and promote African Emancipation Day, several speeches were given to the crowd

To support the campaign and promote African Emancipation Day, several speeches were given to the crowd

The city police confirmed that yesterday's event was peaceful and three people were arrested

The city police confirmed that yesterday's event was peaceful and three people were arrested

Who are Stop the Maangamizi: We charge genocide / ecocide

The group is committed to ensuring that the government sets up an all-party parliamentary commission on truth and reparations for British history of slavery.

According to Professor Maulana Karenga, the term Maangamizi is a Swahili word for Holocaust.

The group not only raises awareness of Britain's colonial past, but also claims that black people in Britain are still severely discriminated against and face economic disadvantage and lack of opportunities.

The group believes Britain has become a wealthy society that has exploited the African people and claims that their ancestors should receive a refund.

Protesters claim that slaves 'offspring in Britain should receive reparation for their ancestors' suffering

Protesters claim that slaves 'offspring in Britain should receive reparation for their ancestors' suffering

Who was Cecil Rhodes and why is he so controversial?

Pictured Cecil Rhodes, who died in 1902, was the founder of the De Beers diamond company, who was accused of exploiting his black miners. He was also a proponent of the racial segregation that led to the apartheid strategy in South Africa

Pictured Cecil Rhodes, who died in 1902, was the founder of the De Beers diamond company, who was accused of exploiting his black miners. He was also a proponent of the racial segregation that led to the apartheid strategy in South Africa

Cecil Rhodes was born in Bishop Stortford, Hertfordshire in 1853. He was the son of a pastor.

Rhodes left England for South Africa in 1870 to work on his brother's cotton farm. He later switched to the diamond business – co-founder of De Beers – which once controlled more than 90 percent of the global supply.

The tycoon wanted to build a railroad from Cairo to Cape Town to colonize much of the African continent.

He even had plans to bring the United States back under Crown control.

It was not until the 1880s that he attended Oriel College in Oxford, which he left with a substantial fund after his death in 1902.

He was supported by Queen Victoria in the expansion of the British territory in southern Africa and settled northern Rhodesia and southern Rhodesia – now Zambia and Zimbabwe.

He once said: "Why shouldn't we form a secret society with only one goal, to promote the British Empire and put the whole world under British rule in order to recover the United States and make the Anglo-Saxon race? but an empire? & # 39;

Between 1890 and 1896 he was Prime Minister of the Cape Colony – now South Africa – and is said to have created the conditions for the second Boer War.

In 1895 Rhodes sent British troops to Transvaal, an independent republic, to overthrow its Prime Minister Paul Kruger and to confiscate the region's gold mines.

The Jameson Raid failed miserably.

The battle for gold rights in the region, however, led to a war in 1899 that lasted more than three years.

British troops pursued a scorched earth policy, burned farms and brought women and children to concentration camps where thousands died.

Around 500,000 soldiers – including soldiers from Australia, New Zealand and Canada – were involved in the conflict.

The conflict claimed the lives of 25,000 Africans – many of them in concentration camps.

Around 22,000 British troops and a further 12,000 Africans died in the conflict.

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