Why did 600 people stage a "die-in" protest at Westfield yesterday?

Over 600 people gathered at Westfield Shepherd’s Bush yesterday to protest the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died during an arrest in New York in July.

The protesters staged a “die-in” by lying down on the floors of the shops.

Police had to arrest 70 people after they assaulted security staff and vandalised property.

Eric Garner protest at Westfield

This resulted in all entrances and exits being closed by 8pm.

Eric Garner protest at Westfield

Eric Garner protest at Westfield

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Shortly after 8.20pm, a group of protesters broke away from a larger group and attempted to force entry to the shopping centre assaulting security staff and causing damage to property.

“In response to this police used a number of tactics - including a containment for the purpose of preventing violence and effecting arrests.

“A total of 76 people were subsequently arrested on suspicion of public order offences; one man was further arrested on suspicion of assault.

“They have been taken to various London police stations for questioning.”

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