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Protestors have gathered on the streets of London for the second day in a row amid growing anger at a damning report which found a black teenage girl was strip-searched over smelling of cannabis. 

The girl, aged 15,  known as Child Q, was searched by Metropolitan Police officers – who knew she was menstruating – without another adult present, according to a safeguarding report.

The report concluded that the strip-search was unjustified and that racism ‘was likely to have been an influencing factor’.

The case has drawn outrage from politicians and the public, with London mayor Sadiq Khan sharing his ‘dismay and disgust’ and equalities minister Kemi Badenoch calling it ‘appalling’. 

People gathered for a second day outside Hackney Town Hall. Earlier this week, protestors gathered at Stoke Newington Police Station, where they could be heard chanting ‘no justice, no peace, abolish the police’ and ‘racist cops, out of schools’.

People gathered outside Hackney Town Hall. Earlier this week, protestors gathered at Stoke Newington Police Station

In today’s protest people held placards and listened to speakers on the steps of the town hall

Placards on display read ‘Justice for Child Q’ and ‘End state violence against black girls and black women’ 

MP for Hackney North Diane Abbott appeared at the protest to talk to the crowds 

They also held up signs reading ‘no to racist police, justice for Child Q’ and ‘we say no to police in schools’, as well as Black Lives Matter banners.

They also chanted ‘shame on you’ at officers outside the station, footage on social media showed.

A protester from Catcalls of London, an Instagram-based awareness group, wrote messages in multi-coloured chalk on the pavement, with one reading: ‘Dearest Child Q, the systems designed to protect you failed you. 

‘We see you. We stand here for you. We are with you.’ 

In today’s protest, where MP Diane Abbott appeared and made a speech, people held placards and listened to speakers on the steps of the town hall. 

One sign read: ‘End state violence against black girls and black women’, while another read: ‘Let black girls be girls.’ 

Others shared words of solidarity, reading: ‘Child Q we stand with you’ and: ‘Hands off our daughters now.’ 

Many people also held Black Lives Matter signs. 

The protest comes after anti-racism demonstrators marched through London to mark UN Anti-Racism Day on Saturday.   

Organisers Stand up to Racism led the ‘All Refugees Welcome – March Against Racism’ protest march from BBC Broadcasting House down through Whitehall to Parliament Square yesterday (March 19).

Around 10,000 turned out to the protest in the capital, and some 2,000 marched in Glasgow, Stand Up to Racism said in a tweet.

On Saturday, around 10,000 people turned out to the March Against Racism protest from BBC Broadcasting House down through Whitehall to Parliament Square 

Former leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn MP spoke to demonstrators gathered in Parliament Square during a rally against racism, Islamophobia, antisemitism and fascism as part of United Nations Anti-Racism Day 

The campaigners call for action to eradicate institutional racism in response to police strip-searching of Child Q and for all refugees to be welcome as over 3.3 million people have fled Ukraine

Signs also read ‘No to racism’ and included images of Prime Minister Boris Johnson with the words ‘No to Boris Johnson’ 

The protest comes after anti-racism demonstrators marched through London to mark UN Anti-Racism Day on Saturday

The protest occurred as figures show that millions have now fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion three weeks ago 

Images from London showed thousands of people making their way down Oxford Street will several banners from trade unions UNISON and CWU, as well as organisations including the Stop The War Coalition and refugee group Care4Calais.

At Parliament Square, speakers including Labour MP Diane Abbott, author Michael Rosen and Refugee Council Chief Executive Enver Soloman are addressing the crowd.

Using the hashtag #MarchAgainstRacism, former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who also spoke at the rally in London, tweeted: ‘Today we came together to demand the government scraps its Nationality and Borders Bill that would criminalise refugees and those who show the humanity to help them, and instead build a safe passage and security for those fleeing conflict around the world.’

The bill, which is set to be back in the Commons on Tuesday, may face a rebellion amid growing concerns how policies regarding asylum seekers would affect Ukrainian refugees.

At least 27 Tory MPs are backing an amendment which would let asylum seekers to work in the UK as they wait to find out about the status of their application, according to the Financial Times.  

Images from London showed thousands of people making their way down Oxford Street will several banners from trade unions UNISON and CWU, as well as organisations including the Stop The War Coalition and refugee group Care4Calais

The teen at the centre of the outrage has now launched legal action against Scotland Yard and her school

Images from London showed thousands of people making their way down Oxford Street will several banners from trade unions UNISON and CWU, as well as organisations including the Stop The War Coalition and refugee group Care4Calais

Child Q’s mother has called on the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to investigate the officers involved

The teen at the centre of the outrage has now launched legal action against Scotland Yard and her school. 

In a statement, her lawyers said she ‘seeks to hold both institutions to account including through cast iron commitments to ensure this never happens again to any other child’.

Child Q’s mother has called on the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) to investigate the officers involved.

The family’s lawyers accused Scotland Yard of ‘institutional racism and institutional sexism’ and called on Home Secretary Priti Patel and London Mayor Sadiq Khan to appoint someone to replace Cressida Dick who will tackle its culture. 

Scotland Yard has apologised and said that the incident ‘should never have happened’. 

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