Across the UK tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against anti-racism, which was sparked by the death of George Floyd in the US.
Protests have erupted in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Leicester and Sheffield, and in London protests knelt on one knee for a minute’s silence.
Despite officials advising against “unlawful” mass gatherings, they went ahead regardless. Priti Patel Home Secretary advised the public over social distancing “for the safety of all of us.”
A doctor warned that the UK is “balanced on a knife edge” and protestors should take steps to protect themselves.
Sarah Jarvis told the BBC, “Coronavirus is no respecter of the good cause for which you are going out,” she said.
“If you are protesting, please be sensible. I know you feel strongly about it, but please socially distance, but actually if you can’t socially distance even outside please wear a face covering.”
Dame Cressida Dick the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, told LBC, “I appreciate that we have a very, very long history of people expressing themselves by assembling and waving placards and being in central London, and all those things are very dear to our history,” she said.
“But coming together in a gathering is not only unlawful but also perhaps more importantly, in a sense, it is putting yourself and your family at unnecessary risk and other people around you, as we all know it is a deadly virus and it can get spread in crowds.”
The Police Commissioner also said that police officers should not “take the knee” in solidarity with protesters.
Despite the warnings over catching coronavirus protestors took to their thousands to demonstrate in London, most were wearing face masks.
People were chanting “no justice, no peace” and “black lives matter,” with some people holding placards which read, “There is a virus greater than Covid-19 and it’s called racism.”