While Boris Johnson was inside No10, leading the Government’s daily coronavirus press briefing, anger was mounting just hundreds of metres away. Officers and a number of demonstrators protesting against police violence following the death of George Floyd in the US have become engulfed in an angry confrontation with a number of objects being thrown. As it stands, it is not clear what started the confrontations although there were unconfirmed reports the police attempted to remove a man from the crowd.
One person close to the scene said: “It’s kicking off now.
“Unclear exactly what started things.
“Police appeared to attempt to take a man from the crowd and pandemonium ensued.”
Another person also stated that an officer had been punched.
London protests have turned violent as police and demonstrators clash outside No10
London news: The crowds moved towards No 10 later in the day
Mark White said: “Crowd confronting police outside the gates of Downing Street.
“Officer punched in the face, numerous objects being thrown at police now.”
Today, protestors gathered in Hyde Park in order to voice their anger at the death of Mr Floyd.
Thousands gathered and were joined by actor, John Boyega and singer Liam Payne.
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In front of the crowds of people, Boyega said: “Black lives have always mattered.
“We have always been important. We have always meant something. We have always succeeded regardless.
“And now is the time. I ain’t waiting.”
Crowds then moved towards No 10 after gathering this afternoon where they chanted Mr Floyd’s name.
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London news: John Boyega also attended the gatherings
London: Police clash with protestors
Although there were minor clashes outside No 10, the protests were generally peaceful throughout.
Police who were maintaining the peace were also seen kneeling down in support of the movement.
Separately, anti-racism campaign group, ‘Stand Up to Racism’ is urging Britons to take a knee on their doorsteps tonight.
Earlier today, the joint chief constables of the UK also joined forced to say they were appalled by the death of Mr Floyd.
They said in a joint statement: “We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life.
“Justice and accountability should follow.
“We are also appalled to see the violence and damage that has happened in so many US cities since then.
London: Chief constables from across the UK voiced their support for the movement
“Our hearts go out to all those affected by these terrible events and hope that peace and order will soon be restored.”
Both Sir Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson stated their sadness at the death of Mr Floyd today.