Actress behind BLM rally in Whitehall rejects Black Lives Matter UK for being ‘hijacked’ by far-left
A prominent organizer of the British Black Lives Matter protests believes the campaign has been ‘hijacked’ by a group of far-left activists.
In a pronounced assault, Imarn Ayton, 29, also expressed fears that people may have donated for a high-profile online fundraising campaign without realizing that those behind it want to tear down capitalism and abolish the police.
Ms. Ayton, an activist and actress, said she organized the Black Lives Matter meeting in London’s Parliament Square on June 6 and a peaceful protest in Hyde Park on June 20.
Imarn Ayton (pictured), a prominent organizer of the Black Lives Matter protests in the UK, believes the campaign was ‘hijacked’ by a group of far-left activists
She 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 assume that they were the driving force behind the protest when they really only support the protests,” she told The Mail on Sunday.
The BLM movement is a separate entity from BLM UK. I have no contact with BLM UK and they have not been on the ground once.
The problem with BLM UK is that they have not revealed themselves, they have not been transparent. They are abolitionists, they believe in removing prisons, destroying capitalism and abolishing the police. ‘
The activist and actress said she organized the Black Lives Matter rally in London’s Parliament Square on June 6, in which a police woman (photo) was seriously injured after a fall
BLM UK was founded in 2016, but grew to prominence this year following the death of George Floyd in the US and a campaign in Britain to remove statues of figures related to slavery or colonialism.
The group’s Twitter feed, which has the same signature black and yellow color scheme as the U.S. campaign, has 74,000 followers, and the Instagram page has 78,000.
A crowdfunding campaign launched by the group on 2 June has resulted in 34,500 donations totaling £ 1.1 million. But opposition has grown over BLM UK’s far left policy agenda and a tweet posted last week criticizing Israel.
The group’s leadership also remains secret.
Meanwhile, The Mail on Sunday has learned that GoFundMe maintains control of BLM UK’s fund while controlling where the money is going.
The online crowdfunder has been performing what it describes as ‘vetting’ for more than two weeks.
“No money has been withdrawn. We need a verified bank account for withdrawal and insist on transparency about the use of funds, “said a spokesperson.
Ms. Ayton said BLM UK had used a skilled social media campaign – and benefited from a leadership vacuum among other groups – to position itself at the forefront of the BLM campaign.
“They hijacked that they credited this movement,” she said. “In terms of this movement, they didn’t organize, they didn’t lead him, they weren’t involved with 20,000 people on the street.”
She added, “I’m just mortified because everyone has given money and they won’t use it to improve the black community. They are going to use it to abolish the police, remove prisons, and remove capitalism.
Ms. Ayton said that Black Lives Matter UK, the campaign group behind the fundraising campaign that raised over £ 1 million, had used a skilled social media campaign to position themselves at the forefront of the BLM campaign
“Why on earth would you donate £ 1 million to people who actually do nothing for the black community here and now?”
Ms. Ayton, from Peckham, South London, said she was building an alternative “black reformist movement” that will call on the government to apply the findings of a series of reviews on ethnic injustice.
Her demonstration on June 20 was criticized by BLM UK, which posted on Instagram that protests were “hijacked by reformists,” adding, “Remember, all skin people are not chinfolk.”
Ms. Ayton said she was building an alternative “black reformist movement” that will call on the government to apply the findings of a series of reviews on ethnic injustice
Last week, the Premier League released a statement stating that its support for Black Lives Matter was not an endorsement of ‘any political organization or movement’ and said it was’ aware of the risk of groups trying to hijack popular targets and campaigns promote their own political views’.
Premier League footballers have played matches with shirts adorned with Black Lives Matter in place of their name and have ‘mastered’ in protest of racism before taking off.
The league declined to comment last night as to whether it had conducted any due diligence on BLM UK before launching its Black Lives Matter campaign.