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03 Jun 2020 | 02:24 PM UTC

UK: Thousands gather for George Floyd solidarity protest in London’s Hyde Park June 3 /update 1

United Kingdom News Alert

Thousands gather for George Floyd solidarity protest in London’s Hyde Park on June 3; further protests and associated disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/3/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/7/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION London

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Event

Thousands of demonstrators gathered at London's Hyde Park on Wednesday, June 3, in a protest linked to the police-related death of George Floyd. Protesters began to gather in the park prior to the advertised start time of 13:00 (local time) before departing for a march at around 14:45. Demonstrators are marching down Park Lane, and intend to proceed to the US Embassy via either the Houses of Parliament or Victoria. Police are present; however, the protest remains peaceful.

Overland disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the demonstration.

Context

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.

Advice

Individuals in London are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.

 

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