Thousands join Black Lives Matter protests in London

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Thousands of Brits have marched through London to protest racism in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

They were joined by Star Wars actor John Boyega, who made an emotional speech to demonstrators in Hyde Park.

The 28-year-old said: “I’m speaking to you from my heart. Look, I don’t know if I’m going to have a career after this, but f*** that.

“Today is about innocent people who were halfway through their process. We don’t know what George Floyd could have achieved.

“I need you to understand how painful it is to be reminded every day that your race means nothing and that isn’t the case any more, that was never the case any more.”

He urged protesters to remain peaceful.

Police forces across the country have also condemned the treatment of Mr Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck in Minneapolis.

In a joint statement, police chiefs 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.”

Boris Johnson said during PMQs that Mr Floyd’s death was “inexcusable”, as he was urged to confront Donald Trump over the issue.

The Prime Minister added that he supported the right to protest but that demonstrations should be carried out lawfully and “in accordance with our rules on social distancing.”

Protest organisers reminded attendees to social distance and were seen handing out gloves.

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