UK Citizens Take to The Streets to Support US Protests
Thousands of Londoners, outraged by the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, took to the streets to a rally against racism and police violence in the United States on Saturday, May 31. They gathered on Trafalgar Square and near the United States Embassy. The protesters were holding posters with the inscriptions: « Justice for George Floyd » and « I Can’t Breathe ».
The rally was peaceful, but the London police detained 23 people – some of them violated the rules in force during the coronavirus pandemic, and some insulted the police. Similar demonstrations took place in Manchester and Cardiff, where hundreds of locals took to the streets.
African American George Floyd died on May 25 after a white policeman was choking him with his knee for almost 10 minutes. The 46-year-old man was crying for help until he lost consciousness. Information about the murder became known to the public through videos made by passers-by. The policeman who committed the crime has been arrested. He was charged with negligence.
The tragedy in Minneapolis triggered a wave of protests throughout the United States. Demonstrations escalated into riots and clashes with the police. In many cities, curfews have been imposed and the National Guard has been deployed.