Leaders filled Parliament Square in the British capital on Saturday and rejected calls from the government and police to allow people to stay indoors to curb the spread of Covid-19.
The crowd gathered to kneel together and chant Floyd’s name and “Black Lives Matter.”
One protester told CNN, “I feel that what happened in the United States was just a spark that spread everywhere … I think the death of George Floyd has spread around the world and I think it’s amazing,” one protester told CNN. “It’s a global issue wherever you are. It’s an issue everywhere, we all need to raise it,” another added.
Despite these warnings from politicians, it comes down to the fact that rallies should not be held when the country is in lockdown. “I fully understand their right to express their views and the people’s right to protest, but the reality is that we are in a health epidemic across the UK,” Home Secretary Preity Patel said in an interview with Sky on Saturday. News.
“I would say to those who want to protest, please don’t,” he added.
Slight social distance was observed in the protests, with people providing free masks and gloves to protect the protesters from spreading the virus.
According to the Metropolitan Police, “Parliament Square streets” were entered into the area to “protect” both protesters and vehicles; While there was an adequate police presence, officers did not wear security riot equipment.
Meanwhile, in Paris, a similar rally was held on Saturday.
Protesters there carried signs reading “Justice for George Floyd” and “Racism is also an epidemic” when they held a rally outside the US embassy.