Helped by a friend, Hutchinson has thus created a protective cord next to the extremist in difficulty, if he is loaded on his shoulders. After removing him from the crowd, the demonstrator handed him over to the police. The image spread on social networks has become a symbol of hope of a day of protests characterized mainly by violence. The demonstrations on Saturday in London, in fact, turned into clashes due to the arrival of the far-right militants, who had met in Parliament Square “for defend monuments “ targeted in protests anti-racist born after the death of George Floyd, the African American who was suffocated by a police officer during an arrest.
Patrick Hutchinson, the black man seen carrying an injured white man to safety during a chaotic scene at protests in London on Saturday told CNN he did it to avoid catastrophe. https://t.co/O17df0dJWM pic.twitter.com/gKoukqhE80
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The protests, which had been discouraged by the British government over the weekend for fear of unrest and the spread of the infection from coronavirus, ended with a one hundred arrests. Among these, also a 28-year-old man who urinated on the plaque dedicated to the agent Keith Palmerdied stabbed by the terrorist Khalid Masood on March 22, 2017 in thebombing in Westminster: the photo of the 28 year old went around the social media arousing the indignant reaction of the Metropolitan Police who called it “disgusting and repulsive”. In the clashes, even an Italian photojournalist, Corrado Amitrano, was beaten by far-right militants. “There is no place on our streets for racist vandals,” tweeted the Prime Minister yesterday Boris Johnson.