6th June 2020 – (London) Black Lives Matter protesters have gathered for the third large-scale demonstration in London following the death of George Floyd.
Footage of the unarmed black man’s death has spread across the world prompting protests in cities worldwide against racial violence and injustice.
Londoners have already protested at the US embassy in Nine Elms last weekend and on Wednesday thousands gathered in Hyde Park before marching through Westminster to Downing Street to protest against both George Floyd’s death and racial injustice within the UK.
The demonstration on Saturday is being held in Parliament Square from 1pm.
Hundreds of protesters have gathered Westminster already. A group of drummers is playing for the crowds, with many carrying placards and dancing in time with the beat.
Streams of demonstrators continue to cross Westminster Bridge to join the protest despite the rainy conditions.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that he was “appalled” by the death of Mr Floyd, but stressed that the UK was still facing a health crisis and coronavirus remained a “real threat” so urged people to not take part in the protest.
Mr Hancock told the daily Downing Street briefing on Friday he could understand why people were “deeply upset”, but said people in the UK should not attend large gatherings.