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Black Lives Matter: Four deny Nottingham tram charges

Protesters arm out of a tube
Image caption On the day of action, some of Black Lives Matters protesters linked arms with tubes which appeared to be sealed in concrete

Four people have appeared in court to deny blocking roads and trams on a day of anti-racism action by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Three women and one man denied the wilful obstruction of a highway in Nottingham at a hearing in the city's magistrates' court.

Traffic in parts of the city centre was "gridlocked" when people obstructed tracks during rush hour last month.

The four - all from Nottingham - face a day-long trial in November.

They are Eshe Naomi Graham, 20, of Tennyson Street; Yvone Francis-Parmar, 50, of Haydn Road; Lisa Robinson, 48, of Swains Avenue and Malachi Glaiester Thomas, 30, of Carlton Hill.

Supporters filled the public gallery in the small court to hear the quartet, who spoke only to confirm their names, ages and addresses.

District judge Tim Spruce granted all four unconditional bail until the trial on 3 November.

What is Black Lives Matter?

  • The movement began in the US in 2012 after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering Trayvon Martin in Florida
  • It was founded by three women who have described it as "an ideological and political intervention in a world where black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise."
  • Last month hundreds of people supporting the campaign marched through central London to the Houses of Parliament in protest at the shooting of black men by police in the US
  • There is now a UK-wide network which it says focuses on campaigning for black people who have died at the hands of police in this country

During the Black Lives Matter day of action, protesters also caused disruption near Heathrow and Birmingham airports.

Police arrested 10 people in connection with the protest at Heathrow and a further five in Birmingham, who are all on police bail.

The action came a day after the fifth anniversary of the death of Mark Duggan, who was shot by police in London.

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Image caption Heathrow Airport said the chaos on the motorway did not appear to cause people to miss flights

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