Thousands of protesters took to the streets of London in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, gathering in front of the U.S. Embassy in solidarity with George Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis in May.
Protesters marching into the capital rallied on Sunday singing “the matter of black lives,” and many carried placards and placards conveying the same message; one protester standing in front of the U.S. embassy held a sign that read, “black lives are trumpeting your ego, Mr. President.”
In symbolic honor of Floyd, who died after Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck, eight minutes and 46 seconds, protesters were silent for eight minutes as they knelt.
Others were also seen “dying” demonstrations next to police officers standing lined up in front of the embassy building.
“We will cast our votes together. What is too much is too much. Blacks cannot sustain suffering, “one protester told those gathered.
In the meantime: Similar demonstrations are taking place in other parts of the UK; in Bristol, a video broadcast on British media shows protesters tearing down a statue of Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader.
Although the UK government has urged citizens not to demonstrate for fear that the protest could lead to further spread of the coronavirus, the protest has seen a significant turnout.
Little social distancing has been noticed – due to high turnout – but many protesters wear masks or face covers, while organizers say volunteers in high-visibility jackets will hand out masks and water to protesters.