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Demonstrations Subverted By Thuggery Says PM Boris

Boris Johnson said the anti-racism demonstrations had been “subverted by thuggery” following a day of protests across the UK.

It came after thousands of protesters joined Black Lives Matter demonstrations taking place in cities across the UK on Saturday and Sunday.

Crowds of demonstrators wore face coverings and held placards outside the embassy in Battersea, south-west London, on Sunday, in protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

 

While Saturday saw clashes between police and protesters at Whitehall, during which 14 officers injured. Twenty-nine people were arrested.

“People have a right to protest peacefully & while observing social distancing but they have no right to attack the police,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

“These demonstrations have been subverted by thuggery – and they are a betrayal of the cause they purport to serve.

“Those responsible will be held to account.”

Labour MP Zarah Sultana said: “The videos circulating of police on horseback charging on protestors in London are disturbing.

“It is also unacceptable protestors and legal observers were kettled until 1:30AM.

“This will be seen as an attempt to intimidate and deter legitimate protest.”

Similar scenes were not repeated on Sunday, although there were some light skirmishes between police and a minority of protesters.

— Evening Standard