Stock Press News:- A Black Lives Matter protester slung an injured white counter-protester over his shoulder to carry him to safety during otherwise violent clashes between the rival groups that rocked London this weekend.
But Patrick Hutchinson, a personal trainer, says he and his friends “did what they had to do” to stop the man, allegedly a counter-protester, from being killed.
London’s first rally, among hundreds that have taken place across North America, was sparked by the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man from Minneapolis who died May 25 after white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes, the death captured on a witness’s cellphone video.
‘I could actually feel strikes and hits as I was carrying him’.
The counter-protesters said they wanted to “protect” monuments and statues targeted recently by anti-racism protesters for links to slavery and British colonialism.
Police made more than 100 arrests across the course of the day, as 27 people including six officers were injured during clashes.
‘It was pretty hectic, it was nearly like a stampede – there were people trying to protect him but unsuccessfully, ‘ Mr Hutchinson said. ‘His life was under threat. I thought, “If he stays here, he’s not going to make it”‘.
In Worcester, the socially distanced rally was described as “passionate but peaceful” as protesters knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the same amount of time a police officer spent kneeling on George Floyd’s neck.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the violence, saying “racist thuggery has no place on our streets”.