London, 1 June 2020 (dpa/MIA) – A total of 23 people were arrested following protests in London over the death of George Floyd, police said late Sunday, ahead of a national day of action planned in Britain on Wednesday.
The 23 suspects were held in custody for offences including assault and breaches of Britain’s coronavirus lockdown, London’s Metropolitan Police said.
Five people aged 17 to 25 years old were arrested for assaulting police officers and breaching social distancing rules during a protest outside the US embassy in London on Sunday, the force said.
Protests at Floyd’s death have spread across the United States from the city of Minneapolis, where he died in police custody.
“Many of the issues that have made the situation in the United States so combustible exist right here,” one of Britain’s best-known black politicians, Diane Abbott, wrote for the Huffington Post.
“Black people in Britain have long suffered disproportionately at the hands of the state,” Abbott said.
Stand Up To Racism and other British groups plan a national day of action over Floyd’s death on Wednesday, urging people to protest on their doorstep or wherever they are.
The groups called in a Facebook post for “socially distanced protests to show solidarity with those resisting racism in the US and against the policies that have led to massively disproportionate BAME deaths in the Covid-19 pandemic in Britain.”
BAME is an acronym used by the British government and other organizations for black, Asian and minority ethnic people.