Thousands of protesters took to the streets of London on Sunday to support the Black Life movement, rallying outside the US embassy in a show of solidarity with George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis in May.
Protesters marched in the capital on Sunday shouting “black lives,” with many placards and posters carrying the same message. A protester outside the US embassy held up a placard that read, “Black lives are hitting your ego, Mr President.”
In a symbolic tribute to Floyd, who died after police officer Derek Chavvin put his knee to Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, protesters remained silent for eight minutes as they knelt.
Others also saw a “die-in” demonstration next to police officers standing outside the embassy building.
“Together, we will let our voices be heard. Enough is enough. Blacks cannot continue to suffer, “said one protester.
In the meantime: Similar demonstrations are taking place in other parts of the United Kingdom. in Bristol, a video released to the UK media shows protesters lowering a statue of Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader.
While the UK government has urged citizens not to demonstrate for fear that the protest could lead to further spread of corona, the protest has seen significant turnout.
There was little social distance – due to the high turnout – but many protesters wore masks or face masks, with organizers saying volunteers in high-visibility jackets would hand out masks and water to protesters.