/Hundreds join Black Lives Matter protest in Manchester city centre – LIVE

Hundreds join Black Lives Matter protest in Manchester city centre – LIVE

“People are saying it’s the biggest civil rights movement to date.”

Kathy and Seva travelled from Stoke to join the protest today.

“People may be in denial that racism exists in the U.K. but watching all these people here is powerful to see,” Kathy says.

Kathy and Seva
Kathy and Seva

Kathy says she herself experienced racism throughout her childhood.

“It was a traumatic experience but as you grow you try to prove people wrong,” she says.

“My family are originally from the Fiji Islands so I didn’t experience it until we got here.”

She describes an incident when she and her brother were teenagers in which a white man used a racial slur while they were walking back from school.

When the siblings tried to defend themselves, Kathy’s brother was punched.

“I was traumatised by it to be honest,” she says. “He was only 14 at the time and he was knocked straight to the ground.”

Seva says he is proud to be here today.

“I feel like this is different. People are saying it’s the biggest civil rights movement to date.

“To see this young generation coming through is inspiring.”

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