Thousands of protesters have gathered across London on Saturday, June 13, as part of counter-demonstrations toward the recent Black Lives Matter protests in London and elsewhere. Although some Black Lives Matter demonstrations had been scheduled in London on Saturday, some groups canceled their rallies to avoid being caught up in the much larger counter-demonstrations taking place. Smaller protests were still scheduled in towns across the UK, including Newcastle and Brighton. Counter-demonstrators gathered around the Cenotaph war memorial in Whitehall and the Winston Churchill monument in Parliament Square on Saturday. One large group reportedly moved to barricades outside Downing Street and objects were thrown towards police officers. No injuries have been reported as of Saturday afternoon.
Further protests and possible unrest across the UK are likely in the near term, along with overland travel disruptions.
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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