Thousands of people protested against racism in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Leicester, Sheffield, Cardiff and Glasgow this Saturday after protests were triggered in the United States following the death of African American George Floyd during a police arrest on May 25.
In London, the central act of protest, protesters fell on their knees during an emotional minute of silence in Parliament Square and then sang the slogans “There will be no peace without justice” and “Black lives are important”.
The protests took place despite warnings from the authorities about the risk of infection by the corona virus. British Home Secretary Priti Patel recalled that social distance is “for the security of all of us”, while Scottish yard commissioner Dame Cressida Dick has called for a protest against the “illegal” maximum being exceeded. Six people gathered.
Most of the participants used a mask and many wore gloves. Among the banners are slogans like “There is a bigger virus than COVID-19 and it’s called racism.”