Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, issued a media statement today, Sunday, to comment on the violent incidents that resulted from the British anti-racist protesters clashing with the police for a short period on Saturday after thousands gathered in central London to express their anger at the brutality of the American police after the death of the defenseless black citizen George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA.
Sadiq Khan said in his statement, “Londoners of all ages, races, and backgrounds joined millions of people around the world yesterday to meet in peace to say that” black life is important “. I stand with you and share your anger and pain with you. The brutal killing of George Floyd must lead to change Immediate and lasting in countries and cities, police services, and institutions everywhere … We must eradicate racism wherever it exists. “
The Mayor of London added, “The vast majority of the demonstrators in London were peaceful … but this vital reason was failed by a very minority that turned violent and threw” glass “bottles and threw flares, which put other protesters at risk and injured police officers … this is simply unacceptable, and will not be tolerated. With him, he will not achieve the lasting and necessary change that we desperately need to see. ”
“Please also remember that Covid-19 is still a very real threat to our societies … I urge people to think of ways to make their voices heard and not expose themselves and others to the risk of coronavirus infection … if you are planning to protest today, you should do so safely, peacefully and within The law. Use a hand sanitizer, wear a face mask, and stay away from others for a distance of 2 meters. “
It is noteworthy that after a largely peaceful day of demonstrations in London, on Saturday, a few protesters near British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s residence threw police bottles and the police removed them.
Police said, a policeman was taken to hospital for treatment after falling from the back of his horse, and nine others were injured, and a group of protesters attacked a doll in the form of President Donald Trump while others threw flares.
London police said late Saturday night that they had arrested 14 people and expected that number to rise. More than 1,000 people had organized a march earlier in front of the American embassy. Thousands of protesters also gathered in the square in front of Parliament with banners reading “Life of the Blacks”. Charges “and ignoring the government’s advice to avoid massive gatherings due to the risk of contracting the Coronavirus.