'All white people are racist': Head of Cambridge University equality group 'praises' Rashan Charles protesters after clashes with police

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The head of a Cambridge University equality group has appeared to claim “all white people are racist” after praising protesters who clashed with police in Dalston.

Jason Osamede Okundaye, who runs the Black and Minority Ethnic society, took to Twitter on Friday night after a protest over the death of Rashan Charles turned violent and police came under attack.

Tweets sent from the 20-year-old student’s account encouraged the protesters and claimed white people had “colonised” Dalston.

One tweet said: “Watching these middle-class white people despair over black people protesting in their colonised Dalston is absolutely delicious.”

His account then posted a meme aimed at the protesters which said “you’re doing amazing sweetie”.

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A tweet sent from the student’s account following the protests (Twitter)

A later tweet added: “ALL white people are racist. White middle class, white working class, white men, white women, white gays, white children they can ALL geddit.”

The student at the prestigious university’s Pembroke College has since made his account private after receiving a backlash over his comments.

A Cambridge University spokesman told the Standard: “The College is looking into this matter and will respond appropriately.”

Riot police were called to Kingsland Street on Friday night after protesters blockaded the road and began lighting small fires.

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Several wheelie bins and a mattress were set alight (PA)

Clashes ensued and police said bottles and other items were thrown at officers, while a member of the pubic was assaulted as they cycled past.

One police officer suffered a minor injury to his eye. Members of the public were forced to barricade themselves in shops and bars.

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Protesters blocked the road with traffic cones and discarded rubbish (Tom Connelly)

Detective Superintendent Claire Crawley, from Hackney Borough, said: “The disorder of last night was separate from the peaceful protest at Stoke Newington Police Station that was held earlier that day.

“Thankfully nobody was seriously injured, but there was inconvenience to local residents and road users and damage caused to vehicles, a cash machine and a number of windows.

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Riot police and horses were drafted in (PA)

“We will always support the right to lawful protest but behaviour such as that seen last night cannot be tolerated.”

A teenage boy was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. He was taken to an east London police station where he remained in custody on Saturday afternoon.


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