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Hundreds join Black Lives Matter march through London

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Media captionThe protest was in response to the recent loss of lives in the US

Hundreds of people have marched on Westminster in protest at the shooting of two black men by police in America.

The Black Lives Matter march went through central London to the Houses of Parliament at about 20:00 BST.

The marchers were heard to shout "Hands up, don't shoot" as they carried banners through the capital.

The march is in response to the fatal shootings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana.

Image caption More events are planned for the capital over the weekend
Image caption Protesters held handmade banners and chanted slogans as they marched

The Black Lives Matter London Movement was founded by 18-year-old sixth form student Marayam Ali.

She told The Voice:"By these people coming here to stand and unite, they are showing that they are against police brutality and that's the most important thing."

Further protests are planned in Windrush Square, in Brixton, on Saturday and Oxford Circus on Sunday.

Image caption The protest moved to the BBC's Broadcasting House in Portland Place

Five police officers were killed on Thursday during a march in Dallas, Texas, organised to protest against the shooting of black men by police.

A gunman was subsequently killed using an explosive device and was named as 25-year-old Micah Johnson.

Three people are in custody but it is not clear if there were other gunmen.

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