Chants of “say his name: George Floyd” and “black lives matter” are coming from the crowds making their way along roads near the river. Traffic has been stopped in several places and protesters are receiving applause and horns are being sounded on passing cars. Earlier in the day, protesters knelt in central London’s Trafalgar Square, chanting “No justice, no peace”, and then marched past the Houses of Parliament.
US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson wrote on Twitter: “Freedom of Speech and Assembly are cornerstones of a healthy democracy.
“I thank those peacefully making their views heard today outside the US Embassy in London and the Met police for ensuring everyone’s safety.”
Several hundred protesters also staged a rally outside the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, holding up posters saying “Justice for George Floyd”, “Stop killing us” and “Who’s neckst”.
The death of George Floyd after his arrest on Monday has triggered a tide of protests in the United States, unleashing long-simmering rage over racial bias in the US criminal justice system.
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Some rallies have turned violent as demonstrators blocked traffic, set fires and clashed with riot police, some of whom fired tear gas and plastic bullets in an effort to restore order.
Reverend Sally Hitchiner, associate vicar at St Martin-in-the-Fields church on Trafalgar Square, said she could see hundreds gathered for the protest from her workplace.
The 40-year-old told the PA news agency: “I’m very sympathetic to the issue but also surprised to see the strength of emotion that has gathered people together.
“It’s showing there are people in the UK who care passionately about the situation in the US.
A police officer has been sacked and charged with third-degree murder following Mr Floyd’s death.
Earlier on Sunday, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said video footage of Mr Floyd’s death was “very distressing”, but he would not comment on President Donald Trump’s response to the widespread protests sparked by the killing.
The president has been criticised after warning on Twitter that “looting leads to shooting”.
He later attempted to clarify his words by further tweeting on Friday: “Looting leads to shooting, and that’s why a man was shot and killed in Minneapolis on Wednesday night – or look at what just happened in Louisville with 7 people shot. I don’t want this to happen, and that’s what the expression put out last night means.”