UK anti-racism protesters defy calls to avoid mass gatherings

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Thousands join Black Lives Matter protests, with 23 police officers injured in clashes

Thousands of anti-racism protesters have gathered across the UK, defying calls from ministers and police chiefs to avoid mass gatherings.

Crowds of mostly young people on Saturday heard speeches in Parliament Square, London, declaring the beginning of the end of institutional racism, and observed a minute’s silence on one knee to commemorate black people killed by police in the UK.

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