Following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on Monday, protests have broken out across the US. On Sunday, numbers of people also gathered in central London to protest the death of Mr Floyd. However, with the UK still in lockdown amid the coronavirus, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed they were forced to make three arrests in relation to COVID-19 legislation.
In a tweet this evening, the police also confirmed there were also two arrests for assaulting a police officer.
The statement said: “Police have made five arrests during the gathering that took place outside the US Embassy earlier today.
“Three arrests were for breaches of COVID legislation and two were for assault on police.
“Those arrested are aged between 17–25 years.
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“All have been taken into police custody.”
Protestors also headed towards the US Embassy in Battersea in south London.
Chants of “say his name: George Floyd”, were shouted as they moved towards the embassy.
On Sunday, large numbers of people descended on Trafalgar Square where they paid tribute to Mr Floyd.
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The police also confirmed they made a further six arrests following the gatherings in central London today.
They said: “Police have made six further arrests following the gathering today in central London.
“The arrests vary in offences from the possession of an offensive weapon to assault on police, obstructing a public carriageway to breaches of COVID legislation.”
As represented by the low number of arrests, the majority of the protests were peaceful on Sunday.
The group departed later in the afternoon.
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While there, they held placards stating “Black Lives Matter”.
At 1pm, they also knelt in tribute to the fallen 46-year-old.
Although peaceful, the protestors broke social distancing measures put in place by the Government.
The social distancing measures have been put into place to protect the NHS and prevent a sharp rise in infections.
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Under Government guidance, when leaving the household you should maintain a two-metre distance where possible.
You should also avoid crowds in order to lower the risk of transmission.
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While protests in the UK have relatively been peaceful, in the US chaos has erupted across the country.
The National Guard were called into Minnesota on Saturday while Donald Trump has now claimed, Antifa will now be classed as a terrorist organisation.