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U.Okay. Demonstrators Defy COVID-19 Restrictions to Protest Racism for Fourth Weekend in a Row

U.K. Demonstrators Defy COVID-19 Restrictions to Protest Racism for Fourth Weekend in a Row


(LONDON) — Anti-racism demonstrators held protests throughout the U.Okay. for a fourth weekend on Saturday, regardless of a ban on giant gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Demonstrations impressed by the Black Lives Matter marketing campaign had been going down in cities together with London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

A number of thousand folks gathered in London’s Hyde Park, sitting on the grass and listening to audio system, earlier than setting off on a boisterous, peaceable march to Trafalgar Sq.. A smaller group marched from south London, close to the U.S. Embassy.

“We’re all right here at the moment as a result of we all know that black lives matter. We’re all right here at the moment as a result of we all know that black is gorgeous,” Imarn Ayton, one of many protest organizers, informed the gang in Hyde Park. “And we’re all right here at the moment as a result of we all know that it’s time to burn down institutional racism.”

The largely youthful crowds in London had been smaller — and extra socially distanced — than these seen within the first two weeks after Floyd’s demise. Since then the protest motion has turn out to be extra geographically widespread, with tons of of demonstrations held in cities, cities and neighborhoods throughout the U.Okay.

Jeremy Mukel, 33, initially from New York, stated he was inspired by the variety of white folks among the many protesters in London.

“I feel individuals are turning into much more conscious,” he stated.

Tons of attended a socially distanced Say No to Racism rally in Glasgow’s George Sq., the place earlier this week members of the far proper attacked a refugee-rights gathering.

In Edinburgh, protesters together with “Trainspotting” creator Irvine Welsh referred to as for the removing of a statue of Henry Dundas from its column within the metropolis’s St. Andrew Sq.. The late 18th-century Scottish politician was accountable for delaying Britain’s abolition of the slave commerce by 15 years till 1807. Throughout that point, greater than half one million enslaved Africans had been trafficked throughout the Atlantic.

Tons of of 1000’s of individuals have held largely peaceable protests throughout Britain because the demise of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Might 25, urging the U.Okay. to confront its personal historical past of imperialism and racial inequality.

After some protesters scuffled with police and defaced a statue of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in London, and demonstrators in Bristol toppled a statue of slave dealer Edward Colston, counter-protesters rallied final week with the said goal of defending monuments.

Tons of of soccer hooligans and far-right activists clashed June 13 with police close to the Churchill statue in London, which had been boarded up for defense.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has introduced he’s establishing a fee to take a look at what extra might be performed to eradicate racial injustice, however opponents accuse the Conservative authorities of choosing discuss quite than motion.

Protests had been additionally being held Saturday in France, the place tons of of individuals in Paris marched towards racism and police violence and in reminiscence of Black males who’ve died following encounters with French police or underneath suspicious circumstances.