On Sunday 31st May, in solidarity with protesters in the United States, thousands of people came on to the streets of London with home-made banners, highlighting the continuing racism in our society and our justice system, and the disproportionate number of BAME people who have died at the hands of British police over the decades.
The protest was very peaceful, but police made a number of arrests, mostly later in the day at Parliament Square, often citing CoVid legislation as an effective ban on any protest.
The main event began in Trafalgar Square at 1pm where protesters chanted and ‘took a knee’, before marching to the US embassy in Vauxhall where they recited the names of people of colour who have suffered death and injustice at the hands of UK police, and then back to Parliament Square and Downing Street where they shut down the area for several hours.
During the early part of the afternoon, policing was very minimal and hands off and there were no incidents at all, but later in the day a large number of police became involved and there were a few minor scuffles.
More protests have been publicised on social media:
2nd June 13.00 Hyde Park
6th June 13.00 Parliament Square
7th June 14.00 US Embassy