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11 April 2007

A bicentenary to remember? - preview

Chas Raws reports on two services of remembrance

It was inevitable that media attention should focus on the protester who brought to an uncertain halt the service in Westminster Abbey to commemorate the Bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade as he shouted and gesticulated, calling on fellow African Christians to walk out because 'This is an insult'
  • It happened while Pastor Agu Irukwu was reading a comparison of numbers in slavery today with those in 1807, concluding with the statement: 'Millions are affected by the global racism which has its origin in the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • ' Many of those present, like me, only became aware of the source of the shouting when he appeared on the TV screens on which we depended to see what was happening beyond the nave
  • Then he was led out past us down the length of the building, still shouting but not attracting any fellow-demonstrators

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