London protest organiser says 'racist police brutality' more deadly than coronavirus in UK

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Aima, who does not wish to give her surname, was responding to criticism that Black Lives Matter protestors at Sunday’s marches were not respecting coronavirus two-metre social distancing rules when rallying at the capital’s Trafalgar Square, Downing Street and the US Embassy. She said “corona is not going to kill me before the police kill me”.

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In a video posted on the viral social media site Tik Tok, she said: “Some people are b*ing about the movement saying we’re not socially distancing but y’all be in the beach and y’all be in the park and not socially distancing but once we try and fight for our freedom, y’all wanna’ make some noise. (sic).

“You guys are saying that the coronavirus pandemic will kill us but police brutality will kill us first.

“I’m already risking my life on a daily basis, ok, I am already risking my life. Corona is not going to kill me before the police kill me.”

London protest organiser says 'racist police brutality' more deadly than coronavirus in UK

Protestors took to the streets of London to protest against the death of George Floyd (Image: GETTY )

London protest organiser says 'racist police brutality' more deadly than coronavirus in UK

Black Lives Matter protestors were criticised over social distancing rules (Image: GETTY )

She said the “fight is not over” and pledged there would be “peaceful protests” again in London this week.

Thousands of people marched across London over the weekend to protest against the death of a black man restrained by police in America.

The Black Lives Matter demonstration was organised after Mr Floyd died when a white officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck last Monday in Minneapolis.

The protest started in Trafalgar Square around lunch time, where people chanted Mr Floyd’s name and knelt on the floor en masse, before heading to the US embassy in Battersea.

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London protest organiser says 'racist police brutality' more deadly than coronavirus in UK

Protestors rallied at the capital’s Trafalgar Square, Downing Street and the US Embassy (Image: GETTY )

The 18-year-old also the Guardian: “I started the #LDNBLM hashtag and it blew off. I didn’t expect that to happen.

“What inspired me was how much pain I’ve suffered while in the UK.

“I moved here from Nigeria when I was 10 and as soon as I came here I experienced a lot of discrimination from the police and from people around me. People need to understand in the UK, we’re suffering too.”

A demonstrator at Sunday’s protests said it was “very important because it is sending a clear message that we have had enough racial injustice in our country”.

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London protest organiser says 'racist police brutality' more deadly than coronavirus in UK

Thousands of protestors took to the streets of London (Image: GETTY)

London protest organiser says 'racist police brutality' more deadly than coronavirus in UK

The London demonstration comes after tens of thousands of people joined nightly protests across the US since the killing of George Floyd (Image: GETTY )

Isabelle Orsini, 20, originally from New York, but now lives in Kensington said: “The US obviously has a much deeper and darker history of black discrimination compared to the UK.

“The reason people are so angry is because this is reopening wounds that go back hundreds of years.

“It is very important that we do whatever it takes to tell our government that racism will not be tolerated.”

After Battersea, protesters – many wearing masks – crossed the river again, and headed through affluent Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill, before gathering at the base of Grenfell Tower where 72 people died in a 2017 fire.

A reverend at a church on Trafalgar Square, where the protest started, said she was “very sympathetic” towards those marching but expressed some concern about how close they were.

Reverend Sally Hitchiner, associate vicar at St Martin-in-the-Fields, added: “It’s showing there are people in the UK who care passionately about the situation in the US.

“Clearly they’re not following lockdown and social distancing, but I think there’s a huge amount of passion there and that’s overriding their concerns.

“It’s an issue that requires passion but at the same time there’s a huge amount of risk in what they’re doing.”

The London demonstration comes after tens of thousands of people joined nightly protests across the US since the killing of Mr Floyd.

A total of 23 people were arrested as a result of the London protest and they remain in custody, the Metropolitan Police have said.


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