UK: Heavy police presence as anti-racism protesters rally in London

A anti-racism protest took part in central London, on Saturday, under a heavy police presence, just a short time after a rally of by far-right demonstrators. Participants marched around Trafalgar Square chanting 'Black lives matter' as they raised their fist and carried signs. A heavy presence of police forces in riot gear were deployed to avoid confrontations between them and the far-right protesters who had previously rallied in Whitehall. Last weekend thousands took part in a Black Lives Matter protest in London sparked by the death of George Floyd in the US city of Minneapolis. A graffiti with words «was a racist» appeared on the statue of the former UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill as a result of the demo. On Thursday night, scaffolding was erected around the Churchill statue, the Cenotaph on Whitehall and the statues of George Washington and King James II on Trafalgar square amid concerns they would be vandalised.

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