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UK Black Lives Matter protesters block Heathrow airport road

Activists linked to the U.S.-based group Black Lives Matter blocked a road Friday leading to London's Heathrow Airport and held protests in other British cities.

Organizer Joshua Virasami told the BBC that the movement — founded to protest the killings of black people by American police — was needed "in Britain and all over the world."

U.K. Black Lives Matter said in a statement it was holding a "shutdown" of roads in London and other cities to "mourn those who have died in custody and to protest the ongoing racist violence of the police, border enforcement, structural inequalities and the everyday indignity of street racism."

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