Horse bolts as police and demonstators clash at anti-racism rally

A horse bolted as protesters clashed with police at an anti-racism rally outside Downing Street.

The trouble flared following peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the capital and in other cities across the country – despite a plea from the Health Secretary for people not to gather during lockdown.

Videos circulating on social media showed missiles being thrown at officers wearing protective gear, with mounted police driving back some of the demonstrators along Whitehall.

One officer appeared to be knocked off their horse, which then bolted – sending crowds of people scattering.

Photographs showed the officer being treated as they lay injured on the pavement, while other images showed bikes being thrown at horses.

The clashes followed a series of marches and demonstrations through London, including outside the US Embassy, in protest against police brutality following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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A protesters holds a placard in front of a police car during a march in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Demonstrators, some wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, hold placards as they attend a protest march in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters, some wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, kneel as they hold placards during a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters, some wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, kneel as they hold placards during a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration in Parliament Square in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
People with placards reading 'Black Lives Matter' gather on the place de la Concorde, near the US embassy compound, in Paris on June 6, 2020, during a rally called as part of a weekend of global rallies worldwide against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis, US. - Police banned the rally as well as a similar second one on the Champs de Mars park facing the Eiffel Tower today, saying the events were organised via social networks without official notice or consultation. But on June 2, another banned rally in Paris drew more than 20000 people in support of the family of Adama Traore, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
People with placards reading 'Black Lives Matter' gather on the place de la Concorde, near the US embassy compound, in Paris on June 6, 2020, during a rally called as part of a weekend of global rallies worldwide against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis, US. - Police banned the rally as well as a similar second one on the Champs de Mars park facing the Eiffel Tower today, saying the events were organised via social networks without official notice or consultation. But on June 2, another banned rally in Paris drew more than 20000 people in support of the family of Adama Traore, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
06 June 2020, Hamburg: Participants in a demonstration against racism and police violence protest with a sign saying "Black Lives Matter" on the Jungfernstieg. Instead of the announced 500 participants, more than 11,000 demonstrators took part in the rally at the time of recording, according to the police. Photo: Markus Scholz/dpa (Photo by Markus Scholz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
06 June 2020, Hamburg: Participants in a demonstration against racism and police violence protest with signs saying "Black Lives Matter" on the Jungfernstieg. Instead of the announced 500 participants, more than 11,000 demonstrators took part in the rally at the time of recording, according to the police. Photo: Markus Scholz/dpa (Photo by Markus Scholz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
06 June 2020, Hamburg: Participants in a demonstration against racism and police violence protest with a sign saying "Black Lives Matter" on the Jungfernstieg. Instead of the announced 500 participants, more than 11,000 demonstrators took part in the rally at the time of recording, according to the police. Photo: Markus Scholz/dpa (Photo by Markus Scholz/picture alliance via Getty Images)
People with placards reading 'Black Lives Matter', 'no justice no peace', gather on the place de la Concorde, near the US embassy compound, in Paris on June 6, 2020, during a rally called as part of a weekend of global rallies worldwide against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis, US. - Police banned the rally as well as a similar second one on the Champs de Mars park facing the Eiffel Tower today, saying the events were organised via social networks without official notice or consultation. But on June 2, another banned rally in Paris drew more than 20000 people in support of the family of Adama Traore, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
People with placards reading 'Black Lives Matter' gather on the place de la Concorde, near the US embassy compound, in Paris on June 6, 2020, during a rally called as part of a weekend of global rallies worldwide against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed while apprehended by police in Minneapolis, US. - Police banned the rally as well as a similar second one on the Champs de Mars park facing the Eiffel Tower today, saying the events were organised via social networks without official notice or consultation. But on June 2, another banned rally in Paris drew more than 20000 people in support of the family of Adama Traore, a young black man who died in police custody in 2016. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)
06 June 2020, Bavaria, Munich: A man wearing a face mask with the inscription "Black lives Matter" demonstrates against racism on the Königsplatz in the Bavarian capital during a "Silent Demo". The occasion is the violent death of George Floyd in the USA. A total of 25 German cities will be the venues for the demonstration. Photo: Peter Kneffel/dpa (Photo by Peter Kneffel/picture alliance via Getty Images)
06 June 2020, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Mannheim: Participants dressed in black with mouthguards take part in a meeting under the motto "No to racism! Black lives matter" and raise their fists in a silent protest. In about 25 German cities, people demonstrate against racism with so-called "silent demos". The trigger is the violent death of George Floyd on 25 May in the US city of Minneapolis by a white policeman. Photo: Uwe Anspach/dpa (Photo by Uwe Anspach/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration in Parliament Square in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration in Parliament Square in central London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - Taking a knee, chanting and ignoring social distancing measures, outraged protesters from Sydney to London kicked off a weekend of global rallies Saturday against racism and police brutality. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
A protester wearing PPE (personal protective equipment) of a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, attends a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 6: Protesters participate in a protest in Sydney to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd and rally to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody after an appeal court's last-minute decision to authorise the public gathering in Australia on June 6, 2020. (Photo by Steven Saphore/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards as they attend a demonstration in Manchester, northern England, on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 6: Protesters participate in a protest in Sydney to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd and rally to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody after an appeal court's last-minute decision to authorise the public gathering in Australia on June 6, 2020. (Photo by Steven Saphore/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 6: Protesters participate in a protest in Sydney to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd and rally to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody after an appeal court's last-minute decision to authorise the public gathering in Australia on June 6, 2020. (Photo by Steven Saphore/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 6 : People attend a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan against racism and police violence in echo to the killing of a black man, George Floyd in the US at the hands of a white police office, on June 6, 2020. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 6 : People attend a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan against racism and police violence in echo to the killing of a black man, George Floyd in the US at the hands of a white police office, on June 6, 2020. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN - JUNE 6 : People attend a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan against racism and police violence in echo to the killing of a black man, George Floyd in the US at the hands of a white police office, on June 6, 2020. (Photo by David Mareuil/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: A protester kneels during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest march on June 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Events across Australia have been organised in solidarity with protests in the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota and to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: Protesters chant and hold placards at Town Hall during a 'Black Lives Matter' protest march June 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Events across Australia have been organised in solidarity with protests in the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota and to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 6: Protesters participate in a protest in Sydney to show solidarity with Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US, which were sparked by the death of George Floyd and rally to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody after an appeal court's last-minute decision to authorise the public gathering in Australia on June 6, 2020. (Photo by Steven Saphore/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: A man vents his feelings at Town Hall on June 06, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. The event was organised to rally against aboriginal deaths in custody in Australia as well as in solidarity with protests across the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
With the Washington Monument in the background people walk on the street leading to the White House after the words Black Lives Matter were painted on it by city workers and activists Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Nickia Wood stands with a Black Lives Matter shirt as people gather near the White House, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in Washington, before scheduled protests over the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JUNE 5: View of a posted sign as DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has 'Black Lives Matter' painted on the street leading to the White House and renamed the street Black Lives Matter Plaza on June 5, 2020 in Washington D.C. Credit: mpi34/MediaPunch /IPX
People walk on the street leading to the White House after the words Black Lives Matter were painted in enormous bright yellow letters on it by city workers and activists Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JUNE 5: DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has 'Black Lives Matter' painted on the street leading to the White House and renamed the street Black Lives Matter Plaza on June 5, 2020 in Washington D.C. Credit: mpi34/MediaPunch /IPX
The dome of the U.S. Capitol is visible as a sign that reads "Black Lives Matter" hangs on an overpass on North Capitol Street in Washington, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, following days of continuing protests over the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A person wears a mask that reads "Black Lives Matter" during a protest Monday, June 1, 2020, in Tacoma ,Wash., against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on Memorial Day. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Photo by: STRF/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 6/1/20 George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis Police Officers leads to demonstations, protests and destruction of property throughout New York City, especiallay in Greenwich Village and SOHO in Manhattan. Protests often have turned into riots and looting at night in cities accross the United States.
Demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, Sunday, May 31, 2020, near the White House in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Geoffrey Preuehomme of Radford, left, and Brianna Johnson of Roanoke attend a rally at Washington Park organized by the local Black Lives Matter chapter on Saturday. Hundreds of protesters came out for the event on Saturday May 30, 2020.(Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)
Jerry-Pale Molcolo with his children, Moetapele Green, 9, left, and Amirial Green, 12 watch protesters confront the police on Campbell Avenue downtown Roanoke on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Following a rally at Washington Park organized by the local Black Lives Matter chapter, demonstrators marched toward the police station on Campbell Avenue and were met by multiple police barricades.(Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)
Demonstrators, some wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, hold placards as they attend a protest march to the US Embassy in London on June 6, 2020, to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis. - The United States braced Friday for massive weekend protests against racism and police brutality, as outrage soared over the latest law enforcement abuses against demonstrators that were caught on camera. With protests over last week's police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, surging into a second weekend, President Donald Trump sparked fresh controversy by saying it was a "great day" for Floyd. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 06: Protesters hold placards as they march through central London on June 6, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 06: Protesters hold placards during a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Parliament Square in central London on June 6, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)
OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/06/09: Demonstrators wearing face masks hold up their fists during a 8min 43 seconds sit in on the High Street. The Rhodes Must Fall campaign was reignited from a 2016 campaign following recent Black Lives Matter demonstrations after the demise of George Floyd under police custody in Mineapolis. Despite the Covid19 lockdown, protesters globally have united to demand change. (Photo by David Mbiyu/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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Elsewhere, boxing heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua used crutches to join people on a peaceful protest in his home town of Watford.

Many people wore face masks and social-distancing measures were encouraged during events in Manchester, Cardiff, Sheffield and Newcastle, among other cities.

At Friday's coronavirus news briefing, Matt Hancock warned people against joining the demonstrations this weekend, pointing out "we're still facing a health crisis and coronavirus remains a real threat".

But people wanted to show solidarity with campaigners in the US and to highlight incidents when black and ethnic minority people in Britain have been victims of racial discrimination and violence at the hands of police and others.

In a speech shared online, 30-year-old Joshua said: "We can no longer sit back and remain silent on this senseless, unlawful killings and sly racism on another human being – based on what? Only their skin colour.

"We need to speak out in peaceful demonstrations – just like today, so well done Watford. We must not use a demonstration for selfish motives and turn it into rioting and looting."

Earlier in London, most demonstrators who gathered in Parliament Square wore masks and face coverings, with some opting for gloves.

Placards carried by demonstrators referenced the coronavirus crisis, with one saying: "There is a virus greater than Covid-19 and it's called racism."

As the rally began, one organiser used a megaphone to tell the crowds: "We are not here for violence. Today is sheer positivity, today is sheer love."

Protester Bobbi, 26, from Chingford, London – who did not give her last name, said: "We're literally living in the history books, we're going to be teaching our future children about this and I want to say I was here to support that."

Thousands of protesters packed central Manchester. They chanted and clapped in unison and held home-made placards bearing the initials BLM.

Several hundred marchers gathered in Newcastle, while thousands more watched an online protest organised in the north-east of England.

Dr Christina Mobley, a lecturer who came to Newcastle University from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, attended with her five-year-old daughter.

The historian, who is leading the project to decolonise the university curriculum, said: "It is really powerful to see such a young, motivated crowd coming out and organising themselves, handing out masks and working with the police."

She took a photo of one of the police officers who had taken off his helmet during the silence for Mr Floyd.

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BRIXWORTH - JUNE 04: All Saints Anglo Saxon Church is lit up in blue in support of the NHS on June 04, 2020 in Brixworth, England. The British government further relaxed Covid-19 quarantine measures in England this week, allowing groups of six people from different households to meet in parks and gardens, subject to social distancing rules. Many schools also reopened and vulnerable people who are shielding in their homes are allowed to go outside again. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: A man of the church takes part in a Black Lives Matter demonstration on June 4, 2020 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
A couple outside the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, join in applause during a Clap for Carers to recognise and support NHS workers and carers fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jockey Ryan Moore in the parade ring before the Heed Your Hunch At Betway EBF Stallions Maiden Fillies' Stakes (Plus 10/GBB Race) (Div 1) at Newmarket Racecourse. (Photo by David Davies/PA Images via Getty Images)
Manager of the branch holding a sign at the car parking during the reopening. McDonald's reopens its Alloa branch on Clackmannan Road as Drive-Thru only and implementing a one-way system to keep the flow of traffic going. (Photo by Stewart Kirby / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
ENFIELD, ENGLAND - JUNE 04: Heung-Min Son of Tottenham Hotspur during the Tottenham Hotspur training session at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre on June 04, 2020 in Enfield, England. (Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
A woman wearing a face mask holds a placard that says racism is the biggest pandemic we face during a peaceful demonstration. Protesters gathered at the Guildhall in Southampton, as part of a worldwide Black Lives Matter solidarity march organised by the Southampton University BLM Activists to demonstrate oppression and police brutality against minorities. (Photo by Dawn Fletcher-Park / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A van with �Honk if you�re worried' written on it during the Black Lives Matter protest at Hyde Park. Several protest have been spur by the recent killing of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis, U.S.A. (Photo by Dave Rushen / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A person wearing a face mask rides a bus on Piccadilly, London, following the introduction of measures to bring England out of lockdown. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: Great Britain middle-distance runner Eilish McColgan poses for a portrait after her training run in Didsbury on June 02, 2020 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
EPSOM, ENGLAND - JUNE 02: A person and a dog walk past sprinklers as they cross the course at Epsom Downs Racecourse on June 02, 2020 in Epsom, England. The British government further relaxed Covid-19 quarantine measures in England this week, allowing groups of six people from different households to meet in parks and gardens, subject to social distancing rules. Many schools also reopened and vulnerable people who are shielding in their homes are allowed to go outside again. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 02: A protester chants to the crowd as people gather for a 'Black Lives Matter' solidarity demonstration outside St George's Hall on June 02, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. The death of an African-American man, George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis police has sparked protests across the United States, as well as demonstrations of solidarity in many countries around the world. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Shoppers observe social distancing as they wait to enter an IKEA store in sheffield , on 1st June 2020. (Photo by Giannis Alexopoulos/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A groom leads a racehorse to the stables after arriving at Newcastle Racecourse . Issue date: Monday June 1, 2020. Horse Racing in the UK returned to action on Monday following the coronavirus shutdown. See PA story RACING Newcastle. Photo credit should read: Alan Crowhurst/PA Wire
BLACKWOOD, WALES - JUNE 2: Staff wearing PPE check over a delivery list at Mcdonlad's as they prepare to resume trading for takeaway only in Wales within the next 24 hours following lockdown on June 2, 2020 in Blackwood, Wales, United Kingdom. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)
An elderly member of the public wearing gloves to protect against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic looks at a plant sale from Test Valley Plants outside Eastleigh FC�s Silverlake Stadium in Eastleigh, England
A member of the public takes a socially distanced walk with a dog in Southampton as lockdown restrictions are reduced in England during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic
A couple wearing face masks as a preventive measure walk past 'We Clean Our Buses Daily With Antiviral Disinfectant' a Transport for London's digital COVID-19 campaign, in London. (Photo by Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - JUNE 01: Arsenal Head Coach Mikel Arteta during a training session at London Colney on June 01, 2020 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
Activists gathered chanting slogans at the US embassy during the George Floyd demonstration. Thousands came together for the protest, despite ongoing concerns over the possible spread of coronavirus and continuing calls by authorities for social distancing guidelines to be adhered to. Floyd, a black man, died as a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck during an arrest in the US city of Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd's death, reminiscent of the chokehold death of Eric Garner at the hands of police officers in New York in 2014, has reignited the 'Black Lives Matter' movement against police brutality in the US, and left Minneapolis and major cities from coast to coast reeling from nights of rioting. (Photo by David Cliff / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
Parents drop off children at Queen's Hill Primary School, Costessey, Norfolk, as pupils in Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, begin to return to school as part of a wider easing of lockdown measures. (Photo by Joe Giddens/PA Images via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 31: People carrying banners gather during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being pinned down by a white police officer in USA, on May 31, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. The protest started gathering at the Trafalgar Square and marched through US Embassy in Vauxhall and 10 Downing Street. (Photo by Ilyas Tayfun Salci/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II rides Balmoral Fern, a 14-year-old Fell Pony, in Windsor Home Park, west of London, over the weekend of May 30 and May 31, 2020. (Photo by Steve Parsons / POOL / AFP) (Photo by STEVE PARSONS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - 2020/05/31: Cars are seen parked outside the forecourt of Bells as Kia Motors main dealer prepares to reopen tomorrow. Car dealers showrooms will re-open in England tomorrow, 1st June, with strict health and safety measures following the Government's easing of restrictions to kick-start the economy. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: People enjoy the sun in Hackney Wick on May 31, 2020 in London, England. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
TFL London Bus with a sign restricting the amount of passengers allowed on to their buses to maintain social distancing. Only 10 passengers per single deck & 20 for a double deck bus (with the driver having the discretion to allow more passengers when households or groups are traveling together). (Photo by Dave Rushen / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
A protester holds a placard that says �enough is enough� during the demonstration. Hundreds attend a Black Lives Matter protest in Manchester's city centre in support against the death of George Floyd. (Photo by Kenny Brown / SOPA Images/Sipa USA)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 31: A customer buys an ice cream from an ice cream van which shows a social distancing sign at Hollow Ponds in East London on May 31, 2020 in London, England. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Cyclists pass graffiti reading 'NHS' in Hackney Wick on May 31, 2020 in London, England. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: A band play musical instruments on a canal boat in Hackney Wick on May 31, 2020 in London, England. The British government continues to ease the coronavirus lockdown by announcing schools will open to reception year pupils plus years one and six from June 1st. Open-air markets and car showrooms can also open from the same date. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)
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Meanwhile, an online protest organised by Stand Up To Racism – North East drew an audience of several thousand, who listened to speakers including Janet Alder, whose brother Christopher died in police custody in Hull in 1998.

In Sheffield, hundreds of people gathered on Devonshire Green to protest and hold a minute's silence.

During the gathering, which included speeches, they chanted: "No justice, no peace, no racist police."

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