Thousands of protesters marched for the cause of “Black Lives Matter” in Brighton.
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Per DailyMail, thousands of mostly peaceful protestors have taken to town squares across the UK today – with small clashes erupting between Black Lives Matter supporters and groups of counter-protestors.
In Newcastle this afternoon, police divided rivals groups of protestors as tempers boil over in front of Grey’s Monument, a memorial to the Prime Minister who oversaw the abolition of slavery in the British Empire.
The counter demonstrators were seen holding up a Union Jack flag emblazoned with Defenders of Newcastle, who were met with jeers by opposing North East Against Racism supporters holding Black Lives Matter sign.
Northumbria police have confirmed 11 arrests so far, adding: ‘The protest activity had in the main passed without incident, with the exception of a small number of objects being thrown between the protesters. However, as the demonstrations were drawing to a close, members of the counter-protest again started throwing objects, with the police targeted.’
A ‘small’ number of officers, two police horses and one dog received minor injuries.
More than 15,000 protesters gathered on Brighton’s seafront to stand in solidarity with BLM demonstrations worldwide, along with smaller gatherings in London’s Hyde Park, Reading and Solihull.
Forming a mile-long line along the seafront, activists wearing black clothes and masks and holding signs aloft staged a silent protest on Saturday afternoon before heading off on the march.
But as protesters passed the war memorial in the East Sussex city, they faced off across a police divide against a small group. Shouts of ‘Say his name, George Floyd’ were met at least once with ‘Rule Britannia’ from behind the heavy police presence.
Sussex Police spokesman said that protest was attended by more than 10,000 people, and ‘passed off peacefully’ with no arrests at the time of writing.
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