Thousands gather at Hyde Park for Black Lives Matter protest

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  • June 3, 2020
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A huge crowd of protesters have gathered in London to throw their support behind the Black Lives Matter movement and call for an end to racism following the death of George Floyd.

Protests have been held across the UK in light of similar action across the US after the death of George at the hands of a white police officer in Minnesota.

Those turning out in the capital today met at Hyde Park to for justice in support of Black communities in the US, as well as protesting against racism in the UK.

Aerial footage revealed the scale of the crowd as the first protesters began turning up from 12pm, holding signs that read ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘No Justice, No Peace’.

Protesters are being reminded to social distance by organisers at the scene, with many seen handing out gloves and masks.

Some pictures showed the crowd observing the two metre rule, sitting or standing in bubbles apart from other protesters in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, but police have asked people to be aware that lockdown restrictions that ban groups of more than six gathering together ‘are still in place’.

Several hundred protesters later left Hyde Park, to take over Park Lane and begin a March south towards Westminster.

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Earlier today, police chiefs from across the UK issued a joint statement saying they ‘stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified’ by the murder of George Floyd.

He died after a white officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck for several minutes on May 25, sparking days of protest.

People across the UK have also been asked to to ‘take the knee’ on their doorstep in solidarity with George Floyd, at 6pm.

In a statement, chief constables, the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the chief executive of the College of Policing and the president of the Police Superintendents’ Association said: ‘We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life.

‘Justice and accountability should follow.’

They have also urged people who want to make their voices heard to be aware that ‘coronavirus remains a deadly disease and there are still restrictions in place to prevent its spread, which include not gathering outside in groups of more than six people’.

The police leaders’ statement continued: ‘We are also appalled to see the violence and damage that has happened in so many US cities since then.

‘Our hearts go out to all those affected by these terrible events and hope that peace and order will soon be restored.’

In the US, Tuesday marked the eighth night of the protests which began in Minneapolis and quickly spread across states.

Demonstrations have taken place in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Columbia, South Carolina and Houston.

Some protests have included widely reported clashes between police and protesters, including the use of tear gas and rubber bullets.

In the UK, demonstrators previously protested outside the US Embassy in south London as well as in Trafalgar Square following George Floyd’s death.

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