George Floyd death: Protesters begin fresh UK anti-racism demos

(BBC) – Protesters are taking part in a further day of demonstrations across the UK following the death of George Floyd.

It comes after largely peaceful demonstrations in central London on Saturday saw some clashes with police.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick urged protesters to find another way to make their views heard.

But Labour’s Lisa Nandy said people “cannot be silent in the face of racism” as she backed demonstrations during the coronavirus pandemic.

The shadow foreign secretary said young people were “right to raise their voices” but urged demonstrators to take precautions and socially distance.

In Bristol, protesters tore down the statue of a prominent 17th Century slave trader, Edward Colston, whose landmark in the city centre had been defaced previously.

In London, large numbers are outside the US Embassy in Nine Elms, near Vauxhall, south London, while other protests are also taking place in Manchester, Nottingham and Edinburgh.

Ms Nandy told the BBC’s Andrew Marr she was “proud” of young people demanding change following mass anti-racism protests across the UK on Saturday.

“I think it’s one of the most important things about living in a free society is that people can go out and protest,” she said.

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