talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer has condemned violent protesters after several police officers were injured during Black Lives Matter demonstrations in London over the weekend.
She told listeners: “Yes, the vast majority of protesters have been peaceful, but sadly a rather large minority were not.
“Protesters attacking the police isn’t a ‘clash’, it’s an attack on the police . This is not acceptable.
“What is even less acceptable is police standing by as violent protesters take the law into their own hands because they feel passionately about something and even worse, running away as they are attacked by a baying mob.”
Scotland Yard said 12 people were arrested and eight officers injured as bottles and other objects were thrown in central London on Sunday, while 29 people were arrested and 14 officers were injured on Saturday.
The demonstrations were carried out peacefully for much of Sunday afternoon and an online protest via Zoom, for those unable to attend, attracted more than 10,000 people.
On Sunday evening, Boris Johnson tweeted: “People have a right to protest peacefully & while observing social distancing but they have no right to attack the police.
“These demonstrations have been subverted by thuggery - and they are a betrayal of the cause they purport to serve.”
Meanwhile, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy criticised the Prime Minister for his “silence” on the issue.
She tweeted: “We cannot be silent in the face of racism and discrimination. These protests must be the moment for recognition and positive change.”
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