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New protest in London over US police brutality

Londoners have protested US police brutality against African Americans, bringing the city to a standstill again.

Black Lives Matter protesters marched along Oxford Street and into Trafalgar Square on Tuesday for the third time since last week when two African Americans were shot dead by US police.

On July 5, Alton Sterling,37, was fatally shot by police in the southeastern city of Baton Rouge while another African American, 32-year-old Philando Castile, was shot dead a day after by a police officer near St. Paul.

Around 400 people gathered for the march, chanting “no justice, no peace, no racist police.”

The crowd walked to Oxford Street and then to Piccadilly Circus before sitting down. The demonstration halted traffic for a few hours.

The protesters then moved on to Trafalgar Square and during a loud demonstration outside Downing Street, they chanted at officers: “Hands up, don’t shoot.”

A woman holds up a placard with the slogan “Black Lives Matter” as people gather in Brixton, south London, to protest against police brutality in the US, on July 9, 2016. (AFP photo)

The new protest happened after a similar one was held in Manchester the day before with protesters gathering in Alexandra Park in Moss side, the scene of a gun crime about a decade ago.

Another demonstration was held in Brixton, south London, on Saturday. Demonstrators marched to the police station before heading through neighboring streets.

They were chanting “black lives matter”, “hands up, don’t shoot” and “racist police, our streets.”

In the US, thousands of people have been holding anti-police marches since the shootings of Sterling and Castile.

During protests on Thursday night in Dallas, Texas, a US army reservist shot dead five white police officers and wounded seven others in an apparent retaliation for repeated police killings of unarmed African Americans across the country.

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