British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he would not support those who violate the rules of social distance and violate the law for the sake of protest actions.
Earlier, Interior Minister Priti Patel said that a total of 137,000 people took part in actions for the rights of blacks in Britain, 135 people were detained. 36 police officers were injured at the hands of the protesters.
“I will not support those who violate the rules of social distance for obvious reasons: we risk getting a new wave at a time when we have made such progress. And I will not support or justify those who break the law, attack police officers and destroy monuments. We are a democratic country. Those who attack public property or police officers who protect our security will feel the full force of the law,” the Prime Minister said, noting that he understands the depth of emotions that caused many black people and representatives of ethnic minorities the death of an African – American George Floyd from the actions of the police.
He stressed that he leads the country’s most ethnically diverse government in history and that Britain has come a long way in overcoming racism, although much remains to be done.
Police officers during the protest suffered mainly from beatings, and several were injured by glass bottles thrown at them. On Saturday, radicals threw a Bicycle at a group of mounted police, one of the horses got scared and ran away, and a female police officer who was on it hit a traffic light and fell to the ground. She was taken to the hospital with a collapsed lung, broken ribs, and a broken collarbone. On Saturday and Sunday evenings, after the March and Rally, hooligans threw firecrackers and flares at the police, obstructed the movement of police cars, and insulted officers standing in the cordon.
After the protests, unknown people put racist inscriptions on the monument to Winston Churchill in Parliament Square. During a rally in Bristol, protesters toppled from the pedestal. They threw into the Bay a memorial to the merchant, philanthropist, and parliamentarian Edward Colston, who in the XVII century was engaged in the slave trade. The Churchill monument was washed away, and the Colston monument still lies at the bottom of Bristol Bay.