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Peace march to Tottenham demands better future for kids
1:33pm Saturday 13th August 2011 in News
A DEMONSTRATION peace march has been organised this afternoon by campaigners demanding a better future for youngsters.
The Give Our Kids A Future march, organised on Facebook by a group called North London Unity Assembly, is due to start in Gillet Square in Dalston, Hackney, at 1pm, marching to Tottenham Green.
The march is being backed by at least 520 supporters on Facebook and is described as "a united response to both the riots and the causes of despair and frustration that can result in riots".
Organisers says they are calling for a culture of valuing, not demonising young people.
A statement released an hour ahead of the march said: "We are responding to the events of the last few days, in particular the Tottenham protest over the killing of Mark Duggan and the disturbances that followed in Tottenham and Hackney.
"By coming together and calling for unity we want to encourage all sections of our local communities, young and old, black and white, residents and workers, to work together to find solutions to some of our long-standing problems.
"We know there are all kinds of strong feelings and differing views. We do not claim to represent the whole community, but merely seek to promote unity in the communities in which we live and work."
Marchers will be calling for support for those affected by the rioting, including rehousing of those made homeless and grants for small businesses affected.
They are also demanding reversal of all cuts to youth and other public services, and an independent community inquiry into policing methods.
Legal support is being promised for people arrested during the rioting by police.