Far-flung protesters clash with police in London

Far-flung protesters clash with police in London
On Saturday in London, rival protesters and policemen clashed with far-right protesters trying to keep the two sides separate, despite stricter restrictions and warnings to stay home from home. Be warned to stay out. Coronavirus.

Fights broke out between groups outside London's Waterloo station, where fireworks were launched before police cordoned off areas. On a nearby bridge, stones were hurled at the police. Minor skirmishes continued in the central areas.

Commenting on the incident, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a tweet, "Racist thugs have no place on our streets. Whoever attacks our police will get the full force of the law."

Demonstrations have taken place around the world and in parts of Britain over the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis last month after he stabbed a white police officer's neck for about nine minutes.

The Metropolitan Police said in a statement that five people were arrested for crimes including violent disorder and assault on police and six officers received minor injuries. The ambulance service said it has treated 15 people.

In Britain, there is an ongoing debate over memorials for those involved in its imperialist past, particularly as the statue of slave trader Edward Colston was torn down and thrown into the harbor of Bristol Harbor last weekend. In London, a statue of Winston Churchill was painted with the words "He was racist".

In Parliament Square on and around Saturday afternoon, hundreds of people wearing football jerseys, singing "England, England" and calling themselves patriots, gathered with military veterans to protect the monument in the Cenotaph War.

"Winston Churchill is one of us," he chanted, near his statue.

A few miles away, anti-racist protesters gathered in Hyde-Park, holding signs of Black Lives Matter, with organizers telling them not to attend in fear of the fight.

Police had separated two groups of about 100 people in Trafalgar Square, one singing "Black Lives Matter" and the other a racial slater. Some groups threw bottles and cans, and fired fireworks, as did the riot police.

'Fluid state'

Reporting from central London, Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull said police worked to rescue anti-racist protesters in Trafalgar Square.

He said clashes erupted between police and right-wing protesters in one of the organizers, the group's leader Great Britain First, declaring to protect national monuments in Parliament Square.

"In Trafalgar Square, central London, police defend a group of rival Black Lives Matter protesters," Hull said.

Hundreds of people also joined the demonstrations in northern England cities such as Liverpool and Newcastle and many protesters donated masks due to the coronovirus epidemic.

Police said on Saturday that some people were bringing weapons to the London protests. He imposed route restrictions on both groups and said that protests should end before 5 pm (16:00 GMT) to avoid violent clashes.

Commander Bass Javid said in a statement, "Anyone who thinks they can commit a crime or destroy property will be arrested."

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