Holding placards reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Say his name, George Floyd”, demonstrators protested the death of the US citizen who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Disturbing video footage of the incident released in the US showed a white police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the unarmed Floyd’s neck.
The 11 minute video showed Floyd vocally telling police he was struggling to breath before he passed out and later died.
Activists took to the streets in Floyd’s home state Minneapolis and across the US to protest alleged police brutality against African-American men.
The 46-year-old’s death has sparked riots, violence, looting across the United States.
Today, hundreds gathered in the UK to show solidarity with those protesting in the US.
As well as in London, protests have also taken place in Manchester, where protesters gathered with placards in the Market Street area of the city.
At 1pm all of the demonstrators knelt in Trafalgar Square to show their respect for the man that died.
Pictures from the scene show demonstrators crammed close together and not sticking to the 2metre social distancing guidelines.
One protester named Jordan said: “At the end of the day, the police are killing people in the streets.
A protester in Trafalgar Square
Demonstrators protested the death of the US citizen who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis
“This virus we might not all catch.
“That murder is happening. Those peoples’ lives are not being sparred.
“This is more important to me than hiding away. I would rather come out here, risk my life to support others so they don’t get killed and beaten up.”
The Minneapolis police officer filmed kneeling on Floyd’s neck until he lost consciousness during his arrest, has been taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
The other three former police officers have been fired from the force.
But there are calls for them to face more serious legal action and protesters in the US have vowed to continue demonstrating until action is taken.
Thousands came together despite ongoing concerns over coronavirus and social distancing guidelines to be adhered to
People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest in Trafalgar Square following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis
An image of protesters getting down on one knee
US President Donald Trump has blamed Antifa and the “radical left” for unrest across America in the wake George Floyd’s death.
Yesterday he said: “Don’t lay the blame on others!”
The president used his Twitter feed to repeatedly call into question the motives of protesters on Saturday morning, insisting that there were “organized groups that have nothing to do with George Floyd”.
Mr Trump also dismissed many of those who took to the streets as “professionally managed so-called protesters” who “had little to do with the memory of George Floyd”.
People rally in Trafalgar Square
Black Lives Matter protest in Trafalgar Square London
People rally in Trafalgar Square
Authorities have ordered the National Guard onto the streets of Minnesota.
Videos posted online show soldiers marching down quiet neighbourhoods screaming at everyone to get inside.
The national guardsmen have fired non-lethal rounds at people standing on their own porch.
In one video national guardsmen can be heard yelling, “light them up” then firing rounds.
Protesters take to the streets of the US
Demonstrations are being carried out around the world after George Floyd died after being arrested by a police officer in Minneapolis
Protests in the US have turned violent
The Antifa movement have joined the protesters.
Their name is short for “anti-facist” movement.
The organisation began in Europe in the 1960s and spread to the US during the 1970s.
They have gained prominence in recent years by physically opposing white supremacist public events in the US.
Trump has blamed the ‘radical left’ for the protests
Activists gathered chanting slogans and holding placards during the George Floyd demonstration
Antifa activists usually turn up at Black Lives Matter protests and focus on harassing people they deem are right-wing extremists.
The group has been accused of targetting innocent bystanders and people who are ideologically opposed to their political world view.
They carry out these attacks both online and in real life.
They claim that their presence at a protest is intended to intimidate and dissuade racists.