Here are some more images from cities around the UK, where protesters have gathered to express their anger following the death of African American George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.
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In central London, police had to close roads around Parliament Square as protesters rallied in defiance of UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s call for the public to avoid mass gatherings and maintain social distancing rules.
Although there were no official road closures, the number of protesters compelled police to cordon off some streets around London’s Parliament Square.
The cold, wet weather has not deterred protesters. Organisers asked people to maintain a 2m distance from each other and were handing out face masks. Many used their outfits to make clear their sense of injustice over George Floyd’s death.
The majority of the demonstrators in Parliament Square were wearing masks and face coverings. One organiser told the crowds: “We are not here for violence. Today is sheer positivity.”
Protesters in Manchester held placards saying: ‘Am I Next?’. Others echoed George Floyd’s dying words: ‘I Can’t Breathe’. The anti-racism demonstrations are taking place around the world, despite warnings that they could prompt a spike in coronavirus cases.
Boxer Anthony Joshua, wearing a Black Lives Matter T-Shirt, was among those who attended the protest in Watford, north London – despite being on crutches.