The death of African-American George Floyd in the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis sparked protests in different parts of the world, calling against police brutality and racism. In the UK, people took to the streets in a series of protests that happened over the weekend.
According to a Reuters report, on Saturday, in Central London, thousands of people have gathered for a peaceful protest with Madonna even joining them. The protest started peacefully but ended with a scuffle between a small number of people and the police.
London Police chief Cressida Dick said that 27 officers had been injured in “shocking and completely unacceptable” assaults.
On Sunday, “tens of thousands of protesters gathered in front of the US Embassy”. One protester, Fiona Collins said, “ (I am) sick of having to explain to my children that because they’re black, they have to act a certain way. They have to be a certain way. They have to work ten times harder to get anywhere in life. And I’m just, I’ve had enough of it. I don’t want it for their children”.
In the city of Bristol, a statue of a 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston was pulled down by the protesters and thrown into the river.