Thousands of protesters gathered outside the US embassy in London on Sunday to condemn police brutality after George Floyd's murder in Minneapolis. Some wore face masks to protect them from COVID-19 with the slogan "Racism is a Virus".
On Saturday, thousands of protesters gathered in central London for a peaceful demonstration that ended, however, with a small number of people clashing with the mounted police near Prime Minister Boris Johnson's residence on Downing Street.
London police chief Cressida Dick said 27 officers were injured in "shocking and totally unacceptable" attacks during the anti-racism protests in central London this week, including 14 on Saturday.
Both Dick and Health Minister Matt Hancock urged the demonstrators not to reunite in London on Sunday due to the risk of coronavirus spread. But thousands ignored this to grab the road in front of the embassy on the south bank of the Thames.
"It just has to stop now," said 17-year-old student Chaniya La Rose, who was at the protest with her family. "It shouldn't be that hard to be the same."
There have been worldwide demonstrations of minority police treatment triggered by the death of Floyd, a black American, on May 25 in Minneapolis. A white policeman who held him knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
The London protest was peaceful. People clapped, got on one knee, waved posters and sang "George Floyd" and "Britain is not innocent".
Pauline Nandoo, 60, said she has been protesting racism since the 1970s, and the images of violence at the end of the Saturday protest did not deter them.
"There are children of all ages and older adults here," said Nandoo, who was with her brother and 13-year-old daughter. "You will experience what we have experienced and we must try not to achieve it."
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