Thousands Of Anti-Racism Protesters Nationwide Take To The Streets

Sarah Turnnidge

Thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters across the UK have taken to the streets for a second week of anti-racism demonstrations in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. 

The protests – held on Saturday in a number of cities including London, Manchester, Leicester, Peterborough and Cardiff – follow almost two weeks of huge protests against police brutality in the US.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, was killed in Minneapolis on May 25 by Derek Chauvin, a white police officer who was filmed kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes. 

While campaigners are standing in solidarity with their American counterparts, the protests are also highlighting racism in the UK itself, with many signs making reference to BAME deaths in custody, the Windrush scandal, hostile environment policies and the recent death of Belly Mujinga. 

Pictures from demonstrations across the UK show crowds of people gathering outside the Houses of Parliament in London, in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens and Bute Park in Cardiff.

The majority of the demonstrators appear to be wearing masks and face coverings, with some also opting for gloves.

Outside the US embassy in London, protesters dropped to one knee and raised their fists in the air, chanting “silence is violence” and “colour is not a crime”.

Placards carried by demonstrators referenced the coronavirus crisis, with one that said: “There is a virus greater than Covid-19 and it’s called racism.”

Many other signs said “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace”.

As the rally began, one organiser used a megaphone to tell the crowds: “We are not here for violence. Today is sheer positivity, today is sheer love.”

She added: “Today we will not commit any violence to anyone.”

Protesters were also reminded to try and keep a two metre...

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