Protesters in London have been advised by police they have to be off the streets by 5pm in the present day.

The restriction is an try and keep away from a repeat of final week’s violent clashes with police throughout Black Lives Matter protests.

Statues in Parliament Sq. have been boarded as much as stop them being focused, as some had been in latest days.

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A statue of Winston Churchill has been boarded up due to fears it could possibly be vandalised

And protesters must preserve to the deliberate march route, which runs from Hyde Park to Whitehall.

At Whitehall there might be a police barrier, with protesters requested to remain on one aspect and counter-protesters on the opposite.

The situations have been set below part 12 of the Public Order Act.

Met Police Commander Bas Javid mentioned he understood the depth of feeling of protesters however requested folks to not come to London whereas lockdown guidelines are nonetheless in power.

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“In case you had been planning to return to London, I once more would urge you to rethink, however in case you are nonetheless intent, please familiarise your self with what the situations are,” he mentioned.

“Please preserve your self secure by complying with authorities steering on social distancing.”

Police clash with protesters during a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Westminster, London, in memory of George Floyd who was killed on May 25 while in police custody in the US city of Minneapolis.
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The protests have been impressed by these within the US following the loss of life of George Floyd

He additionally promised a “strong” response to any dysfunction at protests this weekend.

“Defending property, defending folks, notably law enforcement officials, is de facto essential and criminality is not going to be tolerated,” Mr Javid mentioned.

“The fact is it was a really, very small variety of folks final weekend that resorted to violence.

“However fairly naturally that is what appears to get the traction on social media and within the media.

“A big, giant quantity of people that got here to London had been peaceable. They demonstrated in a really peaceable and wise means, below the present circumstances.

“However those that come together with the intention of, or they’re able to be drawn into, violence after they come to London, that simply will not be accepted and it will not be tolerated.”

The protests had been sparked by the killing of American George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis final month after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes.

The UK’s Nationwide Police Chiefs’ Council mentioned on Friday that greater than 130 folks have been arrested throughout nearly 200 demonstrations throughout Britain for the reason that loss of life of Mr Floyd.

Greater than 60 law enforcement officials have additionally been injured.

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