As the battle against racism continues in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, concerns have been raised over the health and safety of people in the UK.
Hundreds of protesters took to the streets disregarding the coronavirus safety measures following the death of a black American, George Floyd, in the hands of ruthless police officers.
The protests started peacefully however, a number of protesters have begun to express their emotions violently by attacking police and property. The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has warned the UK people to “work peacefully, lawfully” in the battle against racism and discrimination.
Boris Johnson wrote in the Voice saying that the government could not turn a blind eye to the anger and “undeniable feeling of injustice” triggered by George Floyd`s death. All the same, he said that the cause was now in peril of being “undermined” by a few who are assaulting the police and vandalising property.
He also mentioned that the death of Floyd had “awakened an anger and a widespread and incontrovertible, undeniable feeling of injustice, a feeling that people from black and minority ethnic groups do face discrimination: in education, in employment, in the application of the criminal law”.
“We simply cannot ignore the depth of emotion that has been triggered by that spectacle, of a black man losing his life at the hands of the police,” he wrote.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary criticized the “lawless minority protesters” who “regrettably turned to violence”. He also said: “This hooliganism is utterly indefensible.”
The Prime Minister stated that he deemed the country of the UK as considerably less racist than it had been 40 years ago. He admitted that he “heard” the Black Lives Matter” protesters and acknowledged that a lot more is yet to be done to ensure that everyone was treated equally.