George Floyd killing: Washington expecting biggest march yet as mourners prepare for second memorial service – live

Posted by on June 6, 2020 8:40 am
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Latest updates as the protests over the killing of George Floyd enter their second weekend

1.40pm BST

Guardian US reporter Kenya Evelyn explains why the unrest sparked by the police killing of George Floyd could be a defining moment for racial politics in America, and how the coronavirus pandemic set the backdrop for the protests.

1.36pm BST

Despite warnings from the government to avoid mass gatherings due to Covid-19 restrictions, Parliament Square in London is already full of protesters today.

Other protests are planned for around the country, including in Manchester, Leicester and Sheffield and Newcastle Upon Tyne.

I completely understand people’s desire to express their views and have that right to protest, but the fact of the matter is we are in a health pandemic.

I’d say that those who want to protest, please don’t.

Thousands of anti-racism protesters already braving the drizzle on Parliament Square to defy calls from ministers and police chiefs to avoid mass gatherings #BlackLivesMatter #BLMLDN pic.twitter.com/eAr0GO8Pq5

London BLM protestors kneel. This is huge. pic.twitter.com/LIFMRUbOrv

This group are handing out free PPE to protesters arriving at Parliament Square (hand sanitiser, gloves and masks). But as you can see, all social distancing has gone out of the window @LBC pic.twitter.com/CzGXoJQeZS

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