Matt Hancock tells people not to attend George Floyd protests

Matt Hancock has urged people not to attend protests over the death of George Floyd unless six or fewer people are involved.

George Floyd, 46, an unarmed black man, died after a police officer knelt in the neck for more than eight minutes while telling them “I can’t breathe.”

The incident took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, after police arrested him on suspicion of using a counterfeit $ 20 bill at a store.

Police officer Derek Chauvin has since been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, while three other police officers involved in the incident have been charged with assistance and murder.

America has experienced several days of protests since his death, and a number of similar events will occur in Wales.

But Britain’s Health Minister, Mr Hancock, has urged people to protect themselves and their families by not attending large gatherings this weekend.

The Black Lives Matter protest in Swansea:



He explained that the coronavirus pandemic “remains a real threat” and that protesters should not attend large gatherings “for the safety of loved ones”.

The health secretary said, “Like so many, I am appalled at the death of George Floyd. I understand why people are deeply shocked and upset.

“But we are still facing a health crisis and the corona virus remains a real threat.

“For the safety of your loved ones, don’t attend large gatherings, including demonstrations, of more than six people this weekend.”

During the briefing, Mr. Hancock was asked whether the police would be expected to break up the protests in the light of his comments.

He replied, “It is a very operational matter for the police.”

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