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07 Jun 2020 | 01:37 PM UTC

UK: Thousands gather in ongoing solidarity protests near US Embassy, London June 7 /update 3

United Kingdom News Alert

Thousands gather in ongoing solidarity protests near US Embassy, London on June 7; further protests and associated disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 6/7/2020, 12:00 AM until 6/9/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/London). COUNTRY/REGION London

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Event

A large solidarity protest is ongoing near the US Embassy, London as of 14:30 (local time) on Sunday, June 7, over the police-related death of George Floyd and the wider Black Lives Matter movement. The protesters are primarily gathered along Nine Elms Lane, adjacent to the embassy. The gathering has thus far been largely peaceful, however, similar protests in London on Saturday, June 6, turned violent, with at least 14 Metropolitan Police officers being injured and multiple arrests being made for assaults on police.

Further protests and unrest are likely in the area in the near term.

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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