Crowds had flocked to Hyde Park at 1pm on Wednesday earlier than marching in direction of Parliament in protest in opposition to discrimination within the UK.
But after a peaceable begin to the day, bodily altercations broke out as tensions rose exterior the Prime Minister’s residence later within the day.
As chaos escalated, two males had been arrested exterior Downing Street on suspicion of assaulting an emergency employee and violent dysfunction, Scotland Yard mentioned.
The crowds weren’t deterred and simply earlier than 10pm some protesters pulled down a line of momentary limitations exterior Downing Street.
Plastic and glass bottles had been then thrown on the metallic gates exterior No 10.
Officers stationed in No 10 tried to return the momentary limitations to their authentic place however needed to shortly retreat again inside when extra bottles had been thrown.
Protesters then picked up the momentary limitations and threw them on the gates, with extra objects thrown within the path of police.
Some of the momentary limitations had been additionally utilized by protesters to dam off Whitehall.
Later a variety of police vans descended on the world with social media footage displaying officers utilizing batons to attempt to keep at bay advancing demonstrators.
Meanwhile, a protestor was seen kneeling in entrance of riot police in the course of the fray as he appealed for calm from his fellow protesters.
Earlier within the night, a bunch of protesters climbed up onto the window sills on the surface of the Treasury constructing, the place they chanted and held placards.
Crowds additionally descended on police – who had been carrying helmets and holding batons – exterior of the Cabinet Office, which has been daubed with “BLM” in black paint
Both plastic and glass bottles had been thrown within the path of officers, with some objects hanging the again of the police van.
Officers then shaped a line exterior Downing Street as protesters, some on bikes, chanted, earlier than extra police vans arrived.
More than 10 Metropolitan Police territorial help group vans gathered at Parliament Square at round 9pm.
A gaggle of protesters knelt in entrance of the vans, chanting “let us live” and holding up their placards.
The demonstrations had been organised in response to the dying of African-American man George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Protests, some violent, have unfold throughout the US after a white police officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of Mr Floyd for minutes. The 46-year-old later died in police custody.
While London’s demonstration was, for essentially the most half, peaceable, skirmishes began breaking out by Downing Street at round 5pm.
Witnesses mentioned a protester fell over the police barricades by Downing Street, sparking mayhem.
But freelance journalist Mattha Busby, who filmed the choas and mentioned it was “unclear exactly what started things”.
“Police appeared to try to take a person from the gang and pandemonium ensued,” he tweeted.