London George Floyd protest: Hundreds of activists descend on Trafalgar Square brandishing placards

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  • May 31, 2020
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Hundreds of activists have gathered in Trafalgar Square to protest the death of George Floyd in the US, as well as alleged police brutality in the UK.

Protesters could be heard chanting “black lives matter” and “say my name, George Floyd” in the central London square, in reference to the campaigning civil rights group.

Others held up placards saying “Racism has no place” and “I can’t breathe”.

The protest comes after an event in Peckham on Saturday and is set to be followed by several more in the capital next week.

The US has been rocked by five days of protest across many cities, after George Floyd, a black man, died in police custody this week in Minneapolis.

Many US protests have been peaceful, but others have turned into violent confrontations between demonstrators and police.

A teenage protestor in Detroit was shot dead by an unknown passerby, while a law enforcement officer in Oakland was also killed after being shot.

A protester confronts a police officer during an ‘I can’t breathe’ vigil and rally in New York (REUTERS)

Around 1,300 arrests have been made, with 500 of those in California on Thursday.

President Trump has expressed his sorrow at the death of Mr Floyd, but hit out at protestors and threatened Washington activists with “vicious dogs” and ominous weapons” if they entered the White House.

Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter after he was filmed kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for around eight minutes.

Protestors in London did not appear to be social distancing, with some people warning that such a large crowd could help spread the virus.

One Twitter user said: “Not much social distancing, who would have thought we were in the middle of a pandemic..”

More to follow…