London protests appear to have turned violent as police in riot gear clash with protestors in Kings Charles Street, near Whitehall, at the demonstrations over the death of George Floyd. Footage shows protestors throwing bottles at officers in Westminster. Dispersal orders have been authorised in the city of Westminster until 6am tomorrow after “scenes of violence and disorder”.
Police have drawn their batons in a warning to protestors they will use reasonable force if they need to defend themselves.
A line of police can be seen trying to stop protestors entering the resricted area of Kings Charles Street.
A man has been arrested outside Downing Street and one police officer has been injured.
One police officer with a bloodied head was helped by colleagues.
Black Lives Matter protestors have clashed with police tonight
Protestors have clashed with police officers
Fireworks have also been set off under the arches near the Foreign Office and wheelie bins have been set alight.
Reacting to today’s protests Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “People have a right to protest peacefully & while observing social distancing but they have no right to attack the police. These demonstrations have been subverted by thuggery – and they are a betrayal of the cause they purport to serve. Those responsible will be held to account.”
It comes after violent erupted on Saturday evening at the anti-racism protests in London.
Police try to stop protestors entering King Charles Street
Thousands of protesters have joined the anti-racism rally outside the US embassy in London as Black Lives Matter demonstrations take place in cities across the UK.
Crowds of demonstrators wearing face coverings and held placards outside the embassy in Battersea, south-west London, on Sunday, in protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The Metropolitan Police warned drivers of disruption on Nine Elms Lane, while video footage showed protesters flooding the roads outside the embassy.
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Police and protestors scuffle in central London
A firework was thrown during the protest
Free masks, gloves and hand gel were being given out to the thousands of people, with some wearing t-shirts reading “I can’t breathe”.
Protesters marched on Parliament Square, where rapper Stormzy joined demonstrators and listened as the crowd, many of whom were black, spoke about the struggle for equality and the need for solidarity.
Free masks, gloves and hand gel were being given out to the thousands of people at the US embassy, with some wearing t-shirts reading “I can’t breathe”.
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Another protester had written “get your knee off our necks” in luminous ink on the back of his jacket, echoing the words black civil rights leader Rev Al Sharpton who spoke at Mr Floyd’s memorial service earlier this week.
South London painter and decorator Christopher Green, dressed as comic book hero Black Panther, urged his fellow demonstrators to film any acts of brutality they see.
Holding a Black Lives Matter sign, the 53-year-old said: “I am here to support all the people in America and all those who are being oppressed.
“The most important thing that people have got to do is take out their video phone and document any counter-action with police because without this simple thing with George Floyd, we would probably never have known what happened.”
Graffiti was scrawled on the statue of former prime minister Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square, with spray paint used so the name plate read Churchill “is a racist”.