A major organizer of British protests Black Lives Matter believes that the campaign has been “hijacked” by a group of far-left activists.
In a direct attack, Imarn Ayton, 29, also expressed concern that people may have donated to a high-profile online fundraising campaign without realizing that those behind them want to bring down capitalism and abolish the police.
Activist and actress Ayton said she organized the Black Lives Matter rally in Parliament Square in London on June 6 and a peaceful protest in Hyde Park on June 20.
Imarn Ayton (pictured), an important organizer of Black Lives Matter protests in the UK, believes the campaign has been “hijacked” by a group of far-left activists
He claimed that Black Lives Matter UK, the campaign group behind the fundraising campaign that raised over £ 1 million, had not been involved in organizing the demonstrations.
“Many people believe they were the driving force behind the protests when in fact they only support the protests,” he told The Mail on Sunday.
‘The BLM movement is a separate entity for BLM UK. I have no contact with BLM UK and have not been ashore once.
‘The problem with BLM UK is that they haven’t revealed themselves, they haven’t been transparent. They are abolitionists, they believe in the removal of prisons, the destruction of capitalism and the abolition of the police. “
The activist and actress said they organized the Black Lives Matter rally in Parliament Square in London on June 6, who left a policewoman (pictured) injured after a fall
BLM UK was founded in 2016, but this year it became famous after George Floyd’s death in the United States and a campaign in Britain to bring down statues of figures related to slavery or colonialism.
The group’s Twitter feed, which has the same black and yellow color scheme as the American campaign, has 74,000 followers and its Instagram page has 78,000.
A crowdfunding campaign launched by the group on June 2 attracted 34,500 donations for a total of £ 1.1 million. But the opposition has grown since BLM UK’s far-left political agenda and a tweet published last week criticizing Israel.
The leadership of the group also remains secret.
In the meantime, The Mail on Sunday has learned that GoFundMe maintains control of the BLM UK fund while checking where the money will go.
The online crowdfunder has done what it calls “scrutiny” for over two weeks.
‘No funds have been withdrawn. We need a verified bank account for the withdrawal and we insist on transparency on the use of the funds, “said a spokesman.
Ayton said that BLM UK used a clever social media campaign – and took advantage of a leadership vacuum among other groups – to position itself at the forefront of the BLM campaign.
“They hijacked the merit of this movement,” he said. “In terms of this movement, they didn’t organize, they didn’t lead it, 20,000 people weren’t involved in the streets.”
He added: ‘I am only mortified because everyone has given money and will not use it to improve the black community. They will use it to abolish the police, remove prisons and get rid of capitalism.
Ayton said Black Lives Matter UK, the campaign group behind the £ 1 million fundraising campaign, used a clever social media campaign to position itself at the forefront of the BLM campaign
“Why on earth would you donate £ 1 million to people who are actually doing nothing for the black community here and now?”
Ms Ayton of Peckham in South London said she is building an alternative “black reformist movement” that will ask the government to implement the results of a series of reviews on ethnic injustices.
His demonstration on June 20 was criticized by BLM UK, which posted on Instagram that the protests were “hijacked by the reformists”, adding: “Remember: all skin skins are not kinfolk”.
Ayton said he is building an alternative “black reformist movement” that will ask the government to implement the results of a series of reviews on ethnic injustices
Last week, the Premier League issued a statement stating that its support for Black Lives Matter was not an endorsement of “any political organization or movement” and claimed to be “aware of the risk posed by groups seeking to to hijack popular causes and campaigns to promote their political views. “
Premier League footballers played matches wearing shirts decorated with Black Lives Matter instead of their names and “kicked the knee” in a protest against racism before kick-off.
Last night the league declined to comment on whether it had performed due diligence on BLM UK before launching its Black Lives Matter campaign.