A police officer outside Downing Street was filmed taking the knee alongside protesters marching in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
Thousands gathered in Hyde Park on Wednesday before marching on Parliament Square in response to the killing of George Floyd in the US. Traffic was blocked in certain areas as some climbed on phone boxes and sculptures with megaphones to whip up loud chants of “silence is violence” and “say his name, George Floyd”.
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As people marched outside Downing Street, some were filmed asking a police officer to take the knee, something which is fast becoming a global sign of respect and solidarity with the protests. One protester can be heard saying to the Met police officer: “You and me. Take a knee with me bro.”
The officer then drops to kneel on the pavement along with the demonstrators and the crowd around begins to cheer.
It comes as campaign group Stand Up to Racism is calling on Britons to “take a knee” on their doorsteps for a nationwide socially distanced protest for 6pm on Wednesday.
SUTR said the campaign was inspired by the kneeling protest staged by American football star Colin Kaepernick in 2016 that has become synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The initiative follows a day of action against racism in the UK in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis. The 46-year-old African American died last week after a police officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck.
His death sparked outrage around the world with protests taking place in many US cities and around the world.
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