More protests against racism and calling for justice for George Floyd have been taking place on Sunday across Europe in countries like the UK, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Denmark and Hungary.
On Saturday, large numbers of people took to the streets in the continent to demonstrate in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, some defying restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Saturday’s protests in capitals such as London, Paris and Berlin were the latest in a global wave of anger and revulsion at racism and police brutality, following the killing of black American George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis.
Thousands of people gathered outside the UK Parliament and the US embassy in London to protest against racism, despite official warnings to stay away for fear of spreading COVID-19 infections. Many wore face masks but the density of the crowd made it impossible to observe social distancing.
The rallies were largely peaceful but in the early evening some protesters clashed with police near Downing Street, the prime minister’s residence. Police brought out riot gear and mounted police charged at demonstrators to clear them from the area.
Four arrests were reported and a policewoman was taken to hospital after falling from her horse. Police said her injuries were not life threatening.
Earlier, crowds listened to speeches calling for an end to institutionalised racism. A minute’s silence was observed with many people bending on one knee in memory of black people killed.
More demonstrations took place in Manchester and other cities in England, in the wake of similar protests during the week.
New rallies are planned in London Scotland on Sunday.