This powerful image of a Black man carrying a white counter-protester to safety frames a day of chaos and race-inspired violence in London
A protester brings an injured counter-protester to safety, near Waterloo station, during a protest against Black Lives Matter on June 13, 2020 in London, Britain.
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A powerful photo taken during Saturday's protests against Black Lives Matter in London shows a black man who takes a white demonstrator to safety after being injured.
The picture was taken after hundreds of demonstrators, some of whom belonged to extreme right groups, clashed with the police in Parliament Square.
Videos on social media show protesters, mostly white, throwing bottles, cans, and cans of smoke at mounted police officers.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the violence as a "racist fight".
A suspected right-wing extremist protester at the protest was urinated next to a memorial to PC Keith Palmer, a police officer who was stabbed to death during the Westminster Bridger terrorist attack in 2017.
A Black Lives Matter group in the British capital had to cancel their Saturday scheduled demonstration due to fear of clashes, but small groups were still gathering.
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A powerful photo taken during a demonstration against Black Lives Matter in London on Saturday shows a black man who takes a white protester to safety after being injured.
Sporadic violence in the capital ended between white demonstrators, some members of far-right groups and supporters of the Black Lives Matter. The police arrested more than 100 people.
The image that is trending on social media was taken when hundreds of demonstrators, some of whom belong to extreme right-wing groups and organizations, clashed with the police in Parliament Square in central London.
The protesters, many of whom were middle-aged white men, claimed to be there to "protect" statues after they were recently asked to remove them because of their colonial associations.
"Easily my favorite photo of the day," someone wrote on Twitter.
Easily my favorite photo of the day. A BLM protester takes a far-right "counter-protester" to safety when fighting breaks out in Waterloo, London. Tell me again how "both sides are the same". They are not, they never were + they will never be. This picture becomes an icon.
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"Wow. This is it. This is the photo," another person commented.
Videos on social media of the demonstrations show white protesters who have gathered in Parliament Square. Many of them were shirtless or clutched beers, throwing bottles, cans and smoke cans at the mounted police.
In response, police set up lines in combat equipment and blocked the exits to accommodate demonstrators on the square.
June 13, 2020
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"If you don't love this country, go," said this immigrant man, to widespread applause (and not very socially distant handshakes) #Parliamentsquare @LBCNews @LBC
Things are already escalating here in Parliament Square. Bottles and smoke bombs thrown at the police. And you can see a protester slap my cell phone out of my hand as I try to film the fights.
Turn on journalists too. @LBC @LBCNews
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In a post on Twitter, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the violence used by the demonstrators as a "racist fight".
"Anyone who attacks the police is faced with full legal force. These marches and protests have been violently undermined and violated the law in force. Racism does not matter in Britain and we must work together to make it happen," he wrote.
Boris Johnson #StayAlert
Racist brawl has no place on our streets. Anyone who attacks the police is faced with the full force of the law. These marches and protests have been undermined by violence and violate current guidelines. Racism is irrelevant in Britain and we need to work together to make it happen.
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Many of the protesters gathered around a statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill that was boarded up on Friday and claimed to protect it after being destroyed during a BLM protest last week. Authorities have also fenced other statues in Parliament Square, including Nelson Mandela and Abraham Lincoln monuments.
Before the protest, Paul Golding, leader of the right-wing political organization Britain First, was quoted in the Guardian as saying, "I'm very tired of the authorities allowing two consecutive weekends of vandalism against our nationals Monuments."
Another protester told the New York Times: "People are blemishing my history and culture. This is why these people are here because we feel we are under attack."
Statues and monuments have become focal points in ongoing demonstrations against police brutality and racism triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a white policeman knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
The Saturday demonstration was partially a response to a social media call to "protect the monuments," the Guardian said.
Once, a protester was urinated next to a memorial to PC Keith Palmer, a policeman who was stabbed by Westminster Bridger in 2017 during the terrorist attack.
Interior Minister Priti Patel condemned the act as "horrific and shameful".
"We saw some shameful scenes today, including the desecration of PC Keith Palmer's monument in Westminster Square Parliament, and frankly that's shameful, it's absolutely horrific and shameful," said Patel.
The 28-year-old man has now been arrested, "on suspicion of outrage at public decency," according to the BBC.
By Saturday evening, according to a statement by The, more than 100 people were arrested, "for violating peace, violent disturbance, assault, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of class A drugs, and drunkenness and disorder," the Metropolitan Police. Around 15 people were injured, two of whom were police officers.
A Black Lives Matter group in the British capital had to cancel its demonstration planned for Saturday due to fear of clashes with counter-demonstrators.
But small groups of anti-racist protesters were still gathering in the capital and briefly clashing with counter-demonstrators in Trafalgar Square. The two groups tossed bottles and firecrackers when the police tried to separate them, the New York Times reported.
The change will occur a few days after protesters at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in the southwestern city of Bristol tore down a statue of Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader, and threw it into a river.
London is not the only European city that has seen protests this weekend. Around 15,000 people gathered in Paris on Saturday to condemn the brutality and racism of the police. They also called for justice for Adama Traoré, a 24-year-old black man who died in 2016 after the police arrested him.
Traoré's sister, who attended the demonstration, said: "What happens in the United States happens in France. Our brothers die," the BBC said.
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