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​Thousands March Through Streets Of London And Manchester For Black Lives Matter Protest

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​Thousands March Through Streets Of London And Manchester For Black Lives Matter Protest

Thousands of protestors have marched through the streets of London and Manchester today in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The anti-racism demonstrations were both part of several peaceful protests planned across the UK this week, as backlash continues over the death of George Floyd - who was killed during an arrest after a white officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.

In central London, protestors took to their knee during a minute's silence, before erupting into chants of 'No justice, no peace'.

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Protestors in London today. Credit: PA
Protestors in London today. Credit: PA
Protestors in London. Credit: PA
Protestors in London. Credit: PA

People in Manchester also walked through the centre of town to stand up for black rights, with one demonstrator telling LADbible it was the largest protest she'd ever seen in the city.

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"It was really peaceful and people tried to practice social distancing as much as they could," she said, telling us she believed it was important to be there.

"It felt very special."

Another added: "The majority of people wore face masks and there was a guy handing out free hand sanitizer bottles."

Demonstrators marching through Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester. Credit: PA
Demonstrators marching through Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester. Credit: PA
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Yesterday Health Secretary Matt Hancock urged Brits not to breach lockdown rules, encouraging them not to attend protests 'of more than six people'.

He said: "Like so many, I am appalled by the death of George Floyd and I understand why people are deeply upset, but we are still facing a health crisis and coronavirus remains a real threat.

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"The reason that it is vital that people stick to the rules this weekend is to protect themselves and their family from this horrific disease.

"So please, for the safety of your loved ones, do not attend large gatherings, including demonstrations of more than six people."

Parliament Square in London. Credit: PA
Parliament Square in London. Credit: PA

Many protestors can be seen in photographs doing what they could to maintain official safety measures, with some wearing face masks and gloves as they walked through the streets, while others also attempted to keep their distance.

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In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "We stand alongside all those who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life - justice and accountability should follow.

"We know people want their voices heard and the right to peaceful protest is a key part of democracy, which UK police uphold.

Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester. Credit: PA
Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester. Credit: PA

"Our officers will monitor the situation to maintain the safety of all involved. A top priority for us will be striking the balance and ensuring any response is both proportionate and fair."

The Metropolitan Police also said on Twitter: "We're urging everyone to remember the current health crisis and comply with the regulations to keep everyone safe.

"Please observe social distancing and continue to work with our officers during this challenging time"

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: UK News, News, George Floyd

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