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George Floyd death: Thousands sign up with London demonstration

George Floyd death: Thousands sign up with London demonstration
Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionProtesters chanted "black lives matter" Thousands of people have joined a protest in London over the death of African-American George Floyd in US police custody nine days ago. It comes as UK chief constables said they stand alongside all those "appalled and horrified" by his death.In a…

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Media caption Protesters shouted “black lives matter”

It comes as UK chief constables stated they stand along with all those “horrified and horrified” by his death.

In a joint declaration, they said the right to lawful protest was a “key part of any democracy”.

Demonstrations began in the United States after a video revealed Mr Floyd, 46, being detained on 25 May in Minneapolis and a white cops officer continuing to kneel on his neck even after he pleaded that he might not breathe.

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Media caption John Boyega offers emotional demonstration speech: “Black guys, it begins with you”

The officer, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with second-degree murder, according to court files.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated on Wednesday that Mr Floyd’s death had actually been “dreadful” and “untenable”, however was criticised for stopping working to discuss the killing before now.

SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford said the UK government had “shuttered itself in the hope no-one would observe”.

On the other hand, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer gotten in touch with the PM to communicate to US President Donald Trump the UK’s “abhorrence about his action to the events”.

Speaking later when inquired about it at Wednesday’s coronavirus rundown, Mr Johnson said: “My message to President Trump, to everybody in the United States from the UK is that … bigotry, racist violence has no location in our society.”

He said people can demonstration but “I would advise people to oppose quietly, and in accordance with the guidelines on social distancing”.

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Protesters in Hyde Park shouted “black lives matter” and “we will not be quiet”.

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Thousands of individuals marched through Westminster in central London.

It followed days of demonstrations in United States cities consisting of Washington DC, Los Angeles, Houston and Seattle, after the Floyd case reignited deep-seated anger over police killings of black Americans and racism.

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have actually taken to the streets there – not just to reveal their outrage at the treatment of Mr Floyd – but to condemn cops brutality against black Americans more widely.

Video showed things, consisting of signs and a traffic cone, being tossed at cops, while one protester was wrestled to the ground and limited by officers.

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Some protesters clashed with cops outside Downing Street.

At the scene

By BBC reporter Chi Izundu

There was anger in the crowd, as they sat, as they listened to speeches, as they took the knee.

At the start, organisers told me they were anticipating about 1,000 people.

They shouted “Black Lives Matter”, they yelled “state his name”.

He said he was speaking from his heart and did not understand whether he would still have a profession after speaking out.

” Today is about innocent people who were midway through their process – we don’t understand what George Floyd might have attained, we do not know what Sandra Bland might have accomplished, however today we’re going to make sure that will not be an alien thought to our young ones,” he stated.

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Star John Boyega with relative of train worker Belly Mujinga.

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The crowds marched from Hyde Park towards Victoria station.

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Protesters in Whitehall took the knee to show uniformity with George Floyd.

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Firemens in uniform knelt in Windrush Square, Brixton, in south London.

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Police clashes with protestors on Downing St continued into the evening.

One activist attending the protest, Brogan Baptiste, informed the BBC: “It’s crucial that everyone, whether you’re black, white, that you’re involved in this since we need change and we need it now.”

Filippa, a 20- year-old student who also joined the demonstration, stated: “I know that I’m healthy. This felt more essential than to stay inside when I have the opportunity.”

Protests also occurred in other UK cities, consisting of Belfast and Northampton.

‘ Appalled and horrified’

In their joint declaration, the National Authorities Chiefs Council stated: “We stand alongside all those around the world who are horrified and frightened by the way George Floyd lost his life. Justice and accountability should follow.”

They said officers in the UK were “trained to use force proportionately, lawfully and just when absolutely necessary”.

Nevertheless, they added: “We strive to constantly find out and improve. We will deal with bias, racism or discrimination wherever we discover it.”

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A law enforcement officer knelt in support outside Downing Street.

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Thousands of protesters collected in London’s Hyde Park on Wednesday.

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They stated UK cops “uphold and assist in” the right to lawful protest and “we know people desire to make their voices heard”.

This newest demonstration follows another on Sunday, which saw thousands collect in Trafalgar Square, in main London.

United States protests timeline

Tributes to George Floyd at a makeshift memorial
Image caption Homages to George Floyd at a makeshift memorial.

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George Floyd dies while being detained by police outside a shop in Minneapolis, & comma; Minnesota. Footage shows a white officer, & comma; Derek Chauvin & comma; kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck for a number of minutes while he is pinned to the flooring. Mr Floyd is heard repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe”. He is pronounced dead later on in health center.

Demonstrators in Minneapolis
Image caption Demonstrators in Minneapolis.

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4 officers associated with the arrest of George Floyd are fired. Protests begin as the video of the arrest is shared widely on social media. Numerous demonstrators take to the streets of Minneapolis and vandalise patrol cars and the police station with graffiti.

Protesters lie on the streets in Portland, Oregon
Image caption Protesters lie on the streets in Portland, & comma;
Oregon.
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Demonstrations spread to other cities including Memphis and Los Angeles.

Members of a CNN crew are arrested at a protest
Image caption Members of a CNN crew are detained at a demonstration.

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President Trump blames the violence on a lack of management in Minneapolis and threatens to send out in the National Guard in a tweet.

Members of a CNN crew are arrested at a protest
Image caption Members of a CNN crew are arrested at a demonstration.

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A CNN press reporter, & comma; Omar Jimenez & comma; is jailed while covering the Minneapolis protest. Mr Jimenez was reporting live when police officers handcuffed him. A few minutes later on several of his associates are also jailed. They are all later on launched once they are verified to be members of the media.

Derek Chauvin charged with murder

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin after being charged over the death of George Floyd
Image caption Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin after being charged over the death of George Floyd.

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Previous Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin, & comma;44 & comma; is charged with murder and manslaughter. The charges bring a combined maximum 35- year sentence.

Demonstrators set fire to rubbish in New York
Image caption Demonstrators set fire to rubbish in New york city.

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Violence spreads across the United States on the 6th night of demonstrations.

Trump posing with a Bible outside a boarded-up church Image caption Trump posturing with a Bible outside a boarded-up church. Image copyright by EPA.

President Trump threatens to send in the military to quell growing civil unrest.

George Floyd’s family joined protesters in Houston
Image caption George Floyd’s household signed up with protesters in Houston.

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10s of thousands of protesters once again require to the streets. One of the biggest demonstrations is in George Floyd’s home town of Houston, & comma; Texas. Lots of defy curfews in a number of cities, & comma; however the presentations are mostly tranquil.

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