‘I hear you’: Boris Johnson to Black Lives Matter protesters

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Prime minister acknowledges ‘feeling of injustice’ but warns of enforcement and virus risk

Boris Johnson has responded to the Black Lives Matter protests with an article acknowledging the “incontrovertible, undeniable feeling of injustice” motivating the rallies, while condemning those who have flouted social distancing to attend them during a “time of national trial”.

The prime minister used the piece in The Voice, and a subsequent video in which he read the text aloud, to set out his response to the protests that saw the statue of slave trader Edward Colston torn down in Bristol and resulted in more than 100 arrests.

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