The US coast guard and the British Coastguard have both been shut down in response to a new surge in protest activity on the African continent over the death of three people in a Black car crash.
The three deaths of Nicholas J. Smith, 33, of Norwood, Florida, and James Anthony White, 26, of South Carolina, in November last year were one of a string of incidents that has sparked renewed attention to the dangers faced by Black people in the United States.
The US Coastguard had said on Friday that it was suspending operations to “protect and maintain” the safety of the two vessels that were carrying the three bodies, and the coast guard said that it would not be taking any further action to maintain the safety and security of the vessels.
British coast guard had said that the three died in the same vehicle and that the vehicles collided on the road leading to the shore and the driver was not in control of the vehicle.
However, the three were found in separate vehicles in separate locations, the UK’s Coastguard said in a statement on Saturday, which did not mention the vehicles that were found at different locations.
The deaths of White and Smith have triggered renewed scrutiny over the ways in which police officers are used by the Black community in the US and in Britain, and has prompted protests around the world.
“This latest wave of protest has resulted in the cancellation of two vessels in the UK and a closure of three vessels in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Canada,” the US Coast guard said in its statement.
“The Coast Guard will continue to monitor and monitor the situation.
As the US coast guardsman will not take action to protect the safety or security of any vessel, our members are unable to respond to these incidents on a routine basis.”
British police said that a third boat carrying bodies was also being searched, although it was not immediately clear if it was a vehicle.
A statement from the UK coast guard on Saturday said it was working closely with the US police force and other partners to establish the circumstances of the accident, and was “working to provide all necessary consular assistance”.
The US coastguard said that an investigation into the incident is ongoing and that its vessels were “fully staffed and available to respond”.
The UK coastguard has also been ordered to suspend operations to patrol in the Caribbean.
It was unclear on Saturday what further action the US or UK authorities might take in response, or whether any new protest activity might be planned for later this week.
In the UK, protesters are expected to converge on Parliament Square on Monday evening to demand answers about the accident and the deaths, which have triggered demonstrations around the globe.
The UK is a “closed” country for the first time since 1989, when British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher banned demonstrations following the death in a plane crash of three passengers in Scotland.
The BBC reported that protesters are set to march on Westminster and the Houses of Parliament to demand “a full investigation” into the crash.
“We want answers to the questions we’ve been asking,” protesters said.
“We want the whole truth to come out and we want justice for our dead.”
The crash is the latest in a string to have occurred in Britain this year, with protesters in the capital, London, marching in protest on the eve of the funeral of the late activist Andy Beale in September.
In October, a man in his 40s was killed when a van carrying six people smashed into a crowd of people in Whitehall.
A group of activists was arrested in November after attempting to block the entrance to the British embassy in Baghdad, a city where the British military is stationed.
In January, police said a group of protesters blocked the entrance of Downing Street to demand an apology from the Government over its decision to allow the UK to withdraw from the European Union.
The unrest over the fatal deaths of Smith and White was sparked by the deaths in the Black communities of Norwoods, South Carolina and South Carolina in October last year.
Smith was an avid cyclist and White had recently been convicted of assault, but were not charged in connection with the crash, which happened in a rural area.
“He was a good guy, a good citizen, he was just going to enjoy his life, and he just got into an accident and died,” said his cousin, Nicholas J Smith, of the Black Hills of South Africa.
“You could not say what happened to him.
He died, he died, it’s a sad death.”
Smith and White were killed when their vehicle collided with a motorist in White Plains, New York, on October 31, killing the driver.
A jury found White guilty of manslaughter in May, and a judge ordered him to pay $4.7m (£3.9m) in compensation to the three Black people who died.
“All three of