Police were chased through the streets of London yesterday by Black Lives Matter protestors as peaceful demonstrations turned violent.
Cops were pictured bleeding after yobs hurled fireworks and other objects at them during the unrest at the anti-racism protest in Whitehall.
Disturbing footage shows a group of officers being surrounded by a masked mob forcing them to flee as glass bottles and other projectiles are launched at them.
One demonstrator was seen climbing on the national war memorial, The Cenotaph, which is dedicated to those who died in WWI, and setting fire to the Union flag.
Sunday’s peaceful protests, which were spoiled by a minority of thugs, took place outside the US Embassy in a response to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.
Activists in face masks are holding placards reading “I can’t breathe” to echo the final words of Floyd after white police officer Derek Chauvin held him down by kneeling on his neck.
Others have taken a kneel in solidarity with those of who have accused police of brutality on a global scale.
The densely-packed crowd also broke out into chants of “enough is enough”.
Images from last night show cops and protesters clashing near Whitehall.
Other images show a police officer with blood coming down his face as colleagues treat him on the pavement.
The Home Secretary branded the escalation of violence as “lawless and reckless” last night, The Daily Mail reported.
Priti Patel described the scenes as “disgraceful vandalism” by a “thuggish minority”.
And Boris Johnson tweeted: “People have a right to protest peacefully & while observing social distancing but they have no right to attack the police.
“These demonstrations have been subverted by thuggery – and they are a betrayal of the cause they purport to serve. Those responsible will be held to account.”
Black Lives Matter protest in London marred by violence as yobs hurl fireworks, chase cops and leave one soaked in blood
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