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14 police officers injured in violence at Black Lives Matter protests

14 police officers injured in violence at Black Lives Matter protests

It has been announced that fourteen police officers were injured as violence erupted in central London on Saturday.

The violence came during Black Lives Matter protests taking place in the capital. The protests were mainly peaceful, though the mood of some protesters turned early on Saturday evening, leading to bottles and flares being thrown in the direction of police and Downing Street.

One police officer fell from her horse after hitting a traffic light as the violence unfolded and was admitted to hospital. It is believed the injuries she sustained were not life-threatening. 

Metropolitan Police chief Dame Cressida Dick said in a statement that she was "deeply saddened and depressed that a minority of protesters became violent towards officers in central London yesterday evening". She added that the "number of assaults is shocking and completely unacceptable."

It is believed that 14 officers were injured on Saturday, while 13 were hurt in protests earlier in the week. So far, at least 14 arrests have been made following the events on Saturday.

The protests, which were largely peaceful, came after the death of George Floyd in the United States last month. 

Ahead of the protests, Health Secretary Matt Hancock had urged people on Friday not to break lockdown rules for the protests. Currently, Coronavirus regulations only permit gatherings outside of up to 6 people.

Thousands of people took to the streets in multiple UK cities for protests on Saturday. Some protesters were wearing face masks, but there were clear breaches of social distancing regulations.

On Sunday, Mr Hancock told Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme that "it is undoubtedly a risk" that the number of Coronavirus cases will rise in the UK following the protests.

 

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