Some protesters have clashed with police when thousands of people in central London flooded for a demonstration of Black Lives Matter in response to George Floyd's death.

Activists called Wednesday & # 39; Black Lives Matter & # 39; and & # 39; we will not be silent & # 39; at Speakers & # 39; Corner in Hyde Park, in a peaceful protest before tensions escalated off Downing Street.

Star Wars actor John Boyega was among those to speak at a rally before protesters, wearing many masks and holding seats, marched on Westminster.

Chief constables from across the UK have issued a joint statement saying they "stand next to all people around the world who are embarrassed and horrible" after a black man died after being detained by US police.

Mr. Floyd died after a white officer helped him by pushing a knee in & # 39; s neck in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking days of protest in & # 39; e FS.

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<p>At the Downing Street coronavirus press conference on Wednesday, Boris Johnson said: & # 39; We mourn George Floyd and I was amazed and sick to see what happened to him.</p>
<p>"And my message to President Trump, to anyone in the United States, from the UK is that I don't think racism – it's an opinion that I'm sure is shared by the overwhelming majority of & # 39; # 39; people all over the world – racism, racist violence, have no place in our society. "</p>
<p>He said people were right to protest, but added: "I would urge people to protest peace, and in accordance with the rules on social distance. Everyone's lives matter, black lives matter, but we have to virus I also fight. "</p>
<p>While Mr Johnson was speaking, videos shared on social media protesters and police clashes outside Downing Street.</p>
<p>Footage shows objects including signs and a traffic cone being thrown at police while one protester strikes on the ground and is held by officers.</p>
<p>Freelance journalist Mattha Busby filmed the moment, saying it was "unclear what things started".</p>
<p>"Police appeared to be trying to take a man out of the crowd and pandemonium was coming," he tweeted.</p>
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Another object, which turned out to be a plastic bottle, was also thrown at officers outside Downing Street.

Some officers were previously seen "kneeling" that day, but when protesters nodded at 6 p.m., no police came to them.

Several hundred protesters were also at Trafalgar Square.

Protests in Trafalgar Square (Victoria Jones / PA)

Protesters remained outside singing Downing Street when a limited number of Whitehall traffic continued. Many climbed to the window ledge of a neighboring building, while others chatted with a line of police outside the gates to the street.

At one point, police escorted a man on & # 39; s side of & # 39; a road that blew from his head, with blood all over his clothes and camera.

Later, a number of protesters pressed a line of police in Parliament Square to throw away bottles in the direction of officers.

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<p>Another crowd then followed a group of officers outside the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, calling "protesters for your crimes" and "no justice, no peace".</p>
<p>Officers formed two lines and rested their batons on their shoulders, shouting "come back" to protesters as they separated the crowds.</p>
<p>A reporter from Nine News Australia was also filmed leaving his live broadcast to flee as tensions escalated.</p>
<p>Scotland Yard said two men were arrested in Downing Street on suspicion of assaulting an emergency worker and violent assault.</p>
<p>At the Hyde Park event, organizers provided masks and gloves to protesters who were asked to sit two feet apart, unless they were from the same household.</p>
<p>They were also told to keep their arms outstretched to ensure social distance.</p>
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Social distance in Hyde Park
Social distance in Hyde Park (Dominic Lipinski / PA)

Naomi Smith, one of the organizers of the event, told the PA agency: "We want people to understand that people die from coronavirus and people die from racism."

The 21-year-old said one of her reasons for protesting was Belly Mujinga, a rail worker who did not die with Covid-19 after he was reportedly spat by a man who said he was infected was with the virus.

British transport police launched an investigation into her death, but later said it would take no further action.

Thousands of activists, including members of the & # 39; family of & # 39; a railroad worker, died at Victoria Station – where Ms. Mujinga was working at the time of the peak incident – holding a sign that read "Justice for Belly Mujinga".

A protest rally near Victoria station, London
A protest rally near Victoria station, London (Stefan Rousseau / PA)

"I think this is my main reason for this, because while she is black, she does not have a vote at this time," Ms. Smith said.

“This is our story, this is a UK story, this is what is happening to us right now. George Floyd is in America, and we are here for him too. "

A spokesman for Sir Keir Starmer said the Labor leader supported "solidarity" by the UK's protesters, but urged them to abide by distance rules by staying two feet apart.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary Priti Patel said that although she & # 39; s sick & # 39; is due to George Floyd's death, protesters must continue to be aware of & # 39; the threat of coronavirus.

She tweeted: & # 39; I'm sick after George Floyd's death. But protests must be peaceful and in line with social distance rules.

"This virus remains a threat to us all."

Protestants take a knee for police shootings during a Black Lives Matter rally in Parliament Square
Protesters take a knee for police shootings during a Black Lives Matter rally in Parliament Square (Yui Mok / PA)

And raising an order in the & # 39; s Commons, Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan said that all MPs who & # 39; t have participated in & # 39; e protests in London and unmatched social distance rules should be rejected from re-entering the Commons until after a period of self-isolation.

He said: "Are there any measures to invade such members who have been outlawed and are now likely to be infected or indeed infected by preventing the disease from re-entering this house until they have undergone a period of self-isolation to to make sure that we do not suffer a threat because of their deviant behavior? ”


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