Thousands join anti-racism demonstrations across the UK – BBC News

Tens of thousands of people have joined anti-racism demonstrations across the UK, despite government appeals for protestors to stay at home, because of fears of spreading the coronavirus.

Many taking to the streets did wear face coverings and gloves. London, Manchester, Cardiff, Leicester and Sheffield were some of the places that saw the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests, following the killing of George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis last month.

The demonstrations were largely peaceful, but there were some clashes with police outside Downing Street this evening, with mounted officers driving back some of the protestors along Whitehall.

Meanwhile the US capital Washington has seen some of the biggest protests so far, in a week of demonstrations and public unrest following the death of George Floyd.

There were also protests in Australia, over discrimination and inequality faced by the country’s indigenous people.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News reports from Chi Chi Izundu in London, Aleem Maqbool in Washington and Shaimaa Khalil in Australia.

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George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.

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