Anti-racism protests target British PM Johnson's aide Cummings

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London, London, UK (Great Britain) Published: Jun 05, 2020, 01.16 PM(IST)

British PM Johnson's aide Cummings Photograph:( Reuters )

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The protestors chose Cummings' place in view of the scandal that has recently damaged the government's goodwill. Cummings resisted intense pressure to resign, including from within the ruling Conservative Party, after revelations in late May that he had travelled 250 miles from London with his wife and son at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

A group of protestors chanting "Black Lives Matter" gathered on Thursday outside the London home of Dominic Cummings, a close aide to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Anti-racism protests have been taking place in Britain in recent days, in solidarity with US demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after a white police officer knelt on his neck, in Minneapolis.

The protestors chose Cummings' place in view of the scandal that has recently damaged the government's goodwill. Cummings resisted intense pressure to resign, including from within the ruling Conservative Party, after revelations in late May that he had travelled 250 miles from London with his wife and son at the height of the coronavirus lockdown.

Johnson, who relies heavily on Cummings, denied his advisor had broken the rules being imposed on the rest of society, but polls have shown a sharp fall in confidence in the government's handling of the epidemic since the scandal.

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The brief protest outside Cummings's home involved about two dozen protestors who lay on the road and chanted slogans. One of them used a megaphone to denounce the government's handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

Britain has the worst death toll from the virus in Europe, and people from ethnic minorities have been disproportionately affected. Black and Asian people in England are up to 50 per cent more likely to die after becoming infected with COVID-19.

The protest outside the aide's home was very small in comparison with a demonstration in central London the previous day, in which tens of thousands of people marched against racism.

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