UK Black Lives Matter protesters block Heathrow airport road

Police have set up screens around the protestors at Heathrow and Nottingham.

Small-scale protests have been held near Heathrow and in Nottingham on Friday, resulting in some arrests.

A group of activists brought holiday traffic to a standstill early Friday when they locked themselves together and lay down on a multilane slip road leading to Heathrow, Europe's busiest airport.

Ten people were arrested, said London's Metropolitan Police. Heathrow Airport has apologised for any delays.

Prominent Black Lives Matter leaders have been charged with making terrorist threats against law enforcement officers and have made calls to "kill crackers". Already there are people saying this photo is insensitive to the Black Lives Matter movement, where supporters feel the black community is disproportionately profiled and killed by police.

Jimmy Mubenga died on a flight from the airport in October 2010 while being escorted by G4S security guards.

The group this week called for a "nationwide shutdown" to mark the August 5, 2011 killing of 29-year-old Mark Duggan, shot by police in the London neighborhood of Tottenham.

"In the aftermath of Duggan's death, supposed witnesses claimed they saw police marksmen shoot him after he had already given himself up".

Inspired by the USA movement, the British arm aims to protest against what it says is a disproportionate number of black people among those who die in police custody in Britain.

"The protesters also chanted "no justice, no peace", "black lives matter" and 'we have a duty to fight for our freedom, we have a duty to win, we should love and protect one another, we have nothing to lose but our chains". "I know some of their parents, and we all have respect for each other".

And the continuing United States military aid to Israel was not only "diverting funds from domestic education and social programs" but also made Washington complicit in the abuses committed by the Israeli government, it said.

The group said: "We stand in solidarity with the families and friends of all who have died at the hands of the British state".

The parents of two boys who are behind bars after they opened fire on a group of police officers have blamed blaming Black Lives Matter for the teenagers' actions.

UKBLM describes itself as a network of anti-racist activists from across the UK. "Where is justice for Sean Rigg, Leon Patterson and Kingsley Burrell?"

An IPCC investigation identified no police misconduct but in 2012 an inquest jury found that police had used "unsuitable" force after arresting Mr Rigg.

"Families like mine have been suffering for a long time and there has been an injustice", Ms Rigg said.

"There are everyday forms of racism you face in terms of stop and search, increased levels of unemployment, over-representation within mental health custody, the prison system - this is an ongoing disruption to black people's lives which they constantly face".

Meanwhile, the number of fatal police shootings in the U.S. has led to widespread condemnation.

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