/Scots across country take a knee in poignant protest over George Floyd death

Scots across country take a knee in poignant protest over George Floyd death

Scots “took the knee” on doorsteps across the country tonight in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

UK group Stand Up to Racism organised the socially distanced protest for 6pm on Wednesday in response to the death of George Floyd in America’s Minneapolis.

Scots were asked to take the protest stance made famous by American football star Colin Kaepernick to oppose the police brutality movement.

Among those taking part was Ayrshire Police Chief Superintendent Faroque Hussain and fellow officers.

CS Hussain and colleagues take the knee
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He tweeted “Alongside my colleagues in Ayrshire Police we take the knee to show our support and solidarity.

“Racism has no place in society and together we must eradicate it.”

George Floyd, 46, died last week after a police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes, provoking peaceful protests and riots in many US cities.

A video of the incident shows Mr Floyd begging: “Please, I can’t breathe” and “Don’t kill me”.

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Former police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Activists at Stand Up to Racism Glasgow gathered by the Clyde to take the knee and listen to speakers as part of tonight’s protest.

A video posted online showed protesters wearing masks and clutching banners bearing George Floyd’s name.

Others took to social media to post their own poignant pictures.

One said: “We just wanted to show those in the US following take the knee that we support their protest.

“Police brutality is off the scale over there and racism is at the heart of it.

“It’s disgusting, and if we don’t stand up to it we could easily see it happening over here before long.”

Residents took the knee on doorsteps in Glasgow and elsewhere
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Crowds gathered in Edinburgh with around 50-60 people in Parliament Square outside St Giles’ Cathedral and observed social distancing measures while also wearing masks.

Organisers of the protest are also calling for a public enquiry into the high number of coronavirus deaths within BAME communities.

Protesters are urging people not to gather due to coronavirus and instead “take the knee” at home and make a sign.

It comes as more than thousands of people have already expressed an interest on social media in attending a Black Lives Matter protest in Glasgow on June 7.

Demonstrators take part in the Take A Knee for George Floyd solidarity protest in Edinburgh
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Nicola Sturgeon has offered her support to the Black Lives Matter movement but warned Scots planning outdoor protests they could pose a health risk.

The First Minister said today it was understandable that people in Scotland should want to share their anger at the shocking scenes in America following George Floyd ‘s death last week.

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