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George Floyd death: Hundreds protest across central London

George Floyd death: Hundreds protest across central London

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Hundreds marched from Trafalgar Square to the US embassy in South London
Thousands of people have gathered across central London to protest against the killing of an unarmed black man by police in the US.They held up signs saying "Justice for George Floyd", who died in police custody while an officer kneeled on his neck to pin him down. Derek Chauvin has been charged with his murder in Minneapolis. The white police officer has been sacked from his job.Some protesters appeared to be breaking lockdown rules, not staying 2m apart.The protests have been held at Trafalgar Square and outside the US Embassy in Battersea.
The protesters chanted "black lives matter" and "say my name, George Floyd"
They were chanting "black lives matter" in reference to the civil rights campaign group. They also held up placards saying "racism has no place", and "I can't breathe" - a reference to Mr Floyd's words during his arrest.The Met Police said officers were present and were engaging with those in attendance. It added that an "appropriate policing plan is in place".
Some protesters did not appear to follow social distancing guidelines
A white ex-police officer has been charged with Mr Floyd's murder
Reverend Sally Hitchiner, associate vicar at St Martin-in-the-Fields church on Trafalgar Square, said she could see hundreds gathered for the protest from her workplace."I'm very sympathetic to the issue but also surprised to see the strength of emotion that has gathered people together," she said."Clearly they're not following lockdown and social distancing, but I think there's a huge amount of passion there and that's overriding their concerns."It's an issue that requires passion but at the same time there's a huge amount of risk in what they're doing."She said police appeared to be moving the crowd on from the square by early afternoon.
The protest moved on to the US Embassy in Nine Elms
Protesters made their way to the embassy by marching along roads near the River Thames.Traffic has been stopped in several places and protesters have received applause and horns were being sounded by passing cars.
The Met said "an appropriate policing plan was in place"
Tens of thousands of people have joined nightly protests across the US since the death, with at least 1,600 people arrested in 22 cities as some demonstrations descended into violence.Hundreds of people marched through Peckham in south London on Saturday in protest against police brutality. It comes as the US has been rocked by protests over the past five days, many of which turned into violence with cars and buildings set alight and riot police using tear gas and rubber bullets.
Several people were arrested
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