Wearing what appeared to be stab vests with paramilitary-style black uniforms, demonstrators marched through London yesterday demanding Britain make amends for generations of African slavery.
The peaceful protest saw a number of small action groups come together to bring Brixton to a standstill, but it was the little known Forever Family group that made the most striking impact.
The grass-roots organisation - whose social media accounts are all set to private - aims to centralise community groups in a bid to support like-minded organisations.
A promotional video shared by the group - whose members resembled the Black Panther revolutionary activists of 1960s America - states that said they are 'united in the battle against racism, inequality and injustice'.
At least one marcher wore a balaclava, while others carried black flags and walkie-talkies.
It is unclear how the group are funded, but they have been described as a 'Black-owned business' that accepts donations from the public.
Their 'company values' are listed as 'integrity, transparency and accountability' - suggesting they have more of a business or military approach to their work.
Wearing what appeared to be stab vests with paramilitary-style black uniforms, demonstrators marched through London yesterday demanding Britain make amends for generations of African slavery
One of the protesters was wearing a balaclava. He was marching with a group of people stating FF Force attached to what appear to be anti-stab vests
Grass-roots organisation Forever Family aims to centralise community groups in a bid to support like-minded organisations, according to its promotional material
Family Forever members resembled the Black Panther revolutionary activists of 1960s America
A promotional video made by the group (pictured at the march) said they are a 'united in the battle against racism, inequality and injustice'
Videos showed the group assembled in rows and following orders in military-style drill
The march (participants pictured) marked Afrikan Emancipation Day - the 186th anniversary of the day the Abolition of Slavery Act came into force
Videos showed the group assembled in rows and following orders in a military-style drill.
Another clip shows marchers wearing vests branded 'Forever Family Force' chanting 'we are Forever Family'.
The march marked Afrikan Emancipation Day - the 186th anniversary of the day the Abolition of Slavery Act came into force.
In a video shared to social media, the group said their purpose was to 'mobilise, organise and centralise community initiatives to empower and support organisations with similar objectives'.
Another social media announcement said Forever Family are 'united in building a self sufficient and stable community' and will create 'a hub and avenues for funding, business start-ups, grants and investing'.
They said: 'We believe in putting back in using all our experience and resources to deliver results.
‘We value the safety of our senior and junior generation. Their voices will be the motivation in what we stand for.’
People were on hand to issue masks and hand gel to those in attendance. Pictured: Family Forever members
So Solid Crew, an early UK garage collective, regularly post about Forever Family.
Ahead of Black Pound Day - an initiative designed to encourage Britons to buy from black-owned businesses - the group wrote:
'Black Pound Day (BPD) is a solution to supporting the long-term economic growth of UK Black Owned Business.
'Forever Family are proud to connect with Black Business Owners and support them over the long-term.'
As the march made its way through London, the group shared videos of participants winding their way along the road.
Former MEP Nigel Farage blasted the march as 'divisive'.
He said: 'Terrifying scenes in Brixton today. A paramilitary-style force marching in the streets.
'This is what the BLM movement wanted from the start and it will divide our society like never before.'
However, co-leader of the Green Party Jonathan Bartley responded to Mr Farage's intervention.
He tweeted: 'You are just trying to create division. But these people in Brixton today know that love and justice will conquer the fear and hate that you peddle. Hope is what people need right now and they are showing the pathway toward it.'
The Metropolitan Police said three people were arrested during this afternoon's demonstration.
Former MEP Nigel Farage described photographs of today's demonstration in Brixton as 'terrifying' claiming a 'paramilitary-style force marching in the streets'
Scotland Yard said one man was arrested on suspicion of affray, another on suspicion of assault on an emergency worker and a woman was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated assault.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor in charge of the policing operation yesterday said: 'The gatherings today have been largely peaceful and we thank our communities for working with us to ensure the voices of the community could be heard safely and done so responsibly to ensure the safety of all.'
According to Scotland Yard: 'Officers have been present throughout the day working with the community organisers and speaking to those attending to allow for a successful day without anti-social behaviour or violence, resulting in just three arrests made.
'Conditions had been imposed on the demonstrations. These included for attendees to congregate in three specific areas within Brixton and for the demonstrations to conclude at 20:00hrs.
'These conditions were authorised following intelligence that some attendees had intended to block the A23 – the primary road running through Brixton. This would have caused significant disruption to those local residents and surrounding areas.'
All three remain in police custody.
The demonstrators joined hundreds of others marking Afrikan Emancipation Day in Windrush Square, Brixton this afternoon
A large police presence surrounded the protesters who marched through the centre of Brixton this afternoon
One female protester wearing combat fatigues and a beret was seen on video confronting several police officers. She warned one officer against pushing her.
Several police in the area were dealing with members of the public while a couple of officers appeared to be making an arrest.
The woman approached the police van and was blocked by several officers who were protecting the back of the vehicle.
Anyone approaching the police was pushed back. Several of the protesters were filming the incident.
One of the protesters tried to start a chant ‘no justice, no peace’ and then launched an expletive-laden rant accusing the police of being racist.
Other groups involved included the Forever Family Force and the Rhodes Must Fall Oxford campaigners.
A number of demonstrators temporarily blocked Brixton Road at the junction with Acre Lane, forcing cars and buses to stop and turn around.
Protesters, including some from Extinction Rebellion, occupied the middle of the junction until they were told to get back on to the curb by police officers.
Three people - holding signs saying 'mask up' and wearing visors - handed out face masks and hand sanitiser to those attending.
The main group, Stop The Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide, want the government to create an All-Party Parliamentary Commission for Truth and Reparatory Justice.
Crowds of people listened to music in Windrush Square - where the event began - watched speeches and observed a three-minute silence to mark the event, which is in its seventh year.
A coalition of groups were involved in the event on Saturday, including Stop The Maangamizi: We Charge Genocide/Ecocide, the Afrikan Emancipation Day reparations march committee and the Rhodes Must Fall Oxford campaigners.
The Rhodes Must Fall campaigners want the statute of colonialist Cecil Rhodes removed from Oriel College in Oxford.
While Rhodes was not involved in the slave trade he exploited black Africans working in his diamond mines and believed in the supremacy of the English.
Protesters, floats with speakers and people on motorbikes spilled out onto Brixton Road shortly before 4pm and began to march to nearby Max Roach Park.
Groups of protesters carried home made signs calling for action on ongoing racial violence
Among the groups protesting in Brixton were these motorcyclists riding varying styles of high-powered machines
Protesters supporting the Stop the Maangamizi Campaign and the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March Committee
Protestors blocked the main road running through Brixton, saying they took drastic action 'to make themselves heard'
The Metropolitan Police began dispersing crowds