As of 14:00 (local time) on Saturday, June 6, thousands of people have gathered for George Floyd solidarity protests in London and Manchester. In London, the protesters are gathered primarily in Parliament Square and Watford while in Manchester, a large group is gathered in Picadilly Gardens. The protests have been peaceful, with no reports of violence or arrests. Police have, however, warned protesters to maintain coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing measures.
Localized disruptions are to be expected in the vicinity of the demonstrations.
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 London and Manchester are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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