Black Lives Matter demonstrations and counter-demonstrations are set to take place on Saturday, June 13, in London's Hyde Park. Reports indicate that crowds may gather at 13:00 (local time) at the park, before possibly moving to Trafalgar Square. The demonstrations include groups such as Black Lives Matter, right wing and left wing affiliated groups. Demonstrations are likely across the UK. The Metropolitan (Met) Police Service imposed conditions upon several groups intending to protest in London on 13 June, which come under Section 12(3) of the Public Order Act 1986 and Section 14(3) of the Public Order Act 1986. This includes 17:00 cut-off for all demonstrations. Full details of the conditions can be found on the Met website.
Demonstrations in the UK on the weekend of June 6-7 remained largely peaceful, although a police spokesperson has stated that there were small groups intent on disorder, resulting in incidents of violence, criminal behavior, and assaults against some officers.
Further protests and unrest across the UK are likely in the near term.
George Floyd died while being arrested by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. The four arresting police officers were subsequently fired and detained, 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. Protests have since spread to a number of cities across the US and internationally.
Individuals in the UK are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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