Number 10 says US violence after George Floyd death ‘alarming’

A man holds a skateboard bearing George Floyd's name above his head as thousands of people gather fo

A man holds a skateboard bearing George Floyd's name above his head as thousands of people gather for a peaceful demonstration in support of Floyd and Regis Korchinski-Paquet and protest against racism, injustice and police brutality, in Vancouver. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) - Credit: AP

Downing Street has raised concerns about 'very alarming' violence and the arrest of journalists covering the unrest sparked by the death of George Floyd.

On Sunday the foreign secretary Dominic Raab ruled out commenting in detail on Donald Trump's response to the death but Boris Johnson's administration said people must be allowed to protest peacefully and reporters should be free to do their job.

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets across the USA but some protests were marred by violence in cities from Philadelphia to Los Angeles and close to the White House in Washington.

The protests - which have been echoed around the world including in the UK - were triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who pleaded for air as a police officer pressed a knee into his neck in Minneapolis.

'The violence we have seen in the US over recent days is clearly very alarming,' the prime minister's official spokesman said.

Have your say

Send your letters for publication to The New European by emailing and pick up an edition each Thursday for more comment and analysis. Find your nearest stockist here or subscribe to a print or digital edition for just £13. You can also join our readers' Facebook group to keep the discussion and debate going with thousands of fellow pro-Europeans.

'People must be allowed to protest peacefully. As the foreign secretary said yesterday, the footage of George Floyd's death is deeply distressing and our thoughts are with all those who have been affected.'

You may also want to watch:

The spokesman added that reported arrests and incidents of journalists being injured are 'very concerning'.

'Journalists all around the world must be free to do their job and to hold authority to account without fear of arrest or violence.'

Most Read

Derek Chauvin, the police officer who pressed his knee on to Mr Floyd's neck has been charged with murder.

The prime minister's spokesman said: 'The suspect has been charged and there is a federal review under way. We would hope and expect justice to be done.'

The comments from Downing Street came as Star Wars actor John Boyega said he does not want to 'work in fear' when he is in the US.

In a response to a Twitter user who said he should not comment on the incident as he is not an American, Boyega defended his right to speak out about racism in the US.

The Star Wars actor said that he has 'family and friends there who could be any one of the victims of things that don't change'.

Become a Supporter

The New European is proud of its journalism and we hope you are proud of it too. We believe our voice is important - both in representing the pro-EU perspective and also to help rebalance the right wing extremes of much of the UK national press. If you value what we are doing, you can help us by making a contribution to the cost of our journalism.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus