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Huge crowds in London in solidarity with US demonstrations

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Thousands of demonstrators protested in rainy central London against police violence and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd.

Thousands of demonstrators protested in rainy central London against police violence and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd.

Gathering in Parliament Square, a traditional venue for protests, the demonstrators "took the knee" in silence and then chanted Floyd's name before applauding his memory.

The demonstrators have ignored advice from the government and police to avoid attending because of the coronavirus.

A demonstrator take part in a Black Lives Matter rally in Parliament Square in London, Saturday, June 6, 2020People hold placards during a Black Lives Matter rally in Parliament Square in London, Saturday, June 6, 2020

In England, gatherings are limited to groups of six, provided people observe the social distancing guidelines to remain 2 meters (6.5 feet) apart.

Though social distancing was not possible given the numbers attending, many protesters wore face coverings.

Many held banners aloft, including one that read "Racism is a Pandemic."

Demonstrations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement also are taking place in Manchester, Cardiff in Wales and other UK cities.

A rally is scheduled for Sunday in front of the US Embassy in London.

People hold placards during a Black Lives Matter rally in Parliament Square in London, Saturday, June 6, 2020

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/george-floyd-protests-london-huge-crowds-solidarity/2c896d52-3181-40b0-a474-e1a59ebf6d8b

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