Anti-racism and Black Lives Matter groups plan to hold a rally in central London and a nationwide kneeling on Wednesday to protest the death of African-American man George Floyd in U.S. police custody.
Remember that George Floyd, 46, died after being handcuffed on the street in the custody of the Minneapolis police on Memorial Day. An officer responding to a report that Mr. Floyd had tried to pass a fake $20 bill helped hold him down by lodging a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
He died shortly after lapsing into unconsciousness, following his continuous shouts “I CANNOT BREATHE.”
Black Lives Matter in London has encouraged protesters to wear red at an afternoon rally in Hyde Park to “protest against the rights of black people being abused globally.”
Stand Up to Racism urged people across Britain to “take the knee on (their) doorstep and/or hold signs … to say #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter” at 6 pm (1700 GMT).
“We understand the anger that has motivated people to come out and protest across the USA and also here in Britain,” the group said, following earlier protests in London and other British cities.
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