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George Floyd: US gears up for weekend of Black Lives Matter protests – live updates

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In London, Boris Johnson the British prime minister has sent a series of tweets this morning saying that Black Lives Matter protests in the UK have been “hijacked by extremists intent on violence”.

Johnson said “We all understand the legitimate feelings of outrage at what happened in Minnesota and the legitimate desire to protest against discrimination” but added that attacks on police in the UK last weekend during protests had been “intolerable” and “abhorrent”.

We cannot now try to edit or censor our past. We cannot pretend to have a different history. The statues in our cities and towns were put up by previous generations. They had different perspectives, different understandings of right and wrong. But those statues teach us about our past, with all its faults. To tear them down would be to lie about our history, and impoverish the education of generations to come.

Related: Boris Johnson says removing statues is ‘to lie about our history’

Getting Republicans on board for widespread police reform is going to be crucial for turning the energy of the Black Lives Matter movement into real change.

This morning CNN have a profile piece on one of the Republicans who could be a key part of that fight – South Carolina senator Tim Scott.

It felt like sometimes the good Lord puts you where you need to be before you knew you had to be there. This is an opportunity for me to do what it is I am called to do. I have said it several times before. God made me black on purpose. Perhaps a part of the purpose is where I am right now.

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