Hundreds of people are reportedly gathering in London's Trafalgar Square on Sunday, May 31, in solidarity with protests taking part across the US over the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on Monday, May 25. The gathering in Trafalgar Square, organized by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, follows a smaller related protest that took place in London on Saturday, where BLM protesters blocked Rye Lane in Peckham.
Further solidarity protests are planned across the UK this week, with demonstrations set to take place in Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff, and Glasgow. The protests are set to take place despite nationwide lockdown measures in place prohibiting large gatherings.
Expect associated disruptions to travel and a heightened security presence in the vicinity of protests.
George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired, and one has since been charged with murder. Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters gathered on May 26 to denounce the death and actions of the police officers. Clashes ensued between protesters and riot police; with demonstrators throwing bricks and projectiles at police and police property, and police responding with tear gas and rubber bullets as they attempted to disperse the crowds. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US, with solidarity protests taking place throughout the world.
Individuals in the United Kingdom are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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