Johnson has denied the arrest of more than 100 people during the protests



More than 100 people were arrested during a day of unrest in central London, which Prime Minister Boris Johnson denounced as "racist thugs".


At least 15 people, including six police officers, were injured in Saturday's violent clashes, including several hundred anti-racist demonstrators and fierce protesters.

As supporters of Black Lives Matter gather in Hyde Park, people - some of the right-wing activists - gathered in Parliament Square, where they claimed to be protecting the statues.

Despite warnings from both sides to take to the streets or take a risk at 5 pm, a significant number of people in the footage rejected the order.

In Parliament Square, some police officers have been accused of throwing bottles and cans into "completely unacceptable fraud".

Mr Johnson tweeted: "There is no place on our streets for racist thugs. Anyone who attacks the police is fully informed of the law. These ions rallies and protests have been removed from violence and current guidelines. Casteism is not part of Britain.

Home Secretary Preeti Patel said: “We have seen a small minority behave aggressively and violently.

"It's just unacceptable and basically people who are in danger of the safety of our police officers and the public are expected to face the full force of the law."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan wrote on Twitter condemning the deliberate destruction, saying, "Millions of Londoners are frustrated by the shameful image of violence, brutality and racism shown by right-wing extremists gathered in our city."

And Metropolitan Police Commander Bass Javid condemned those involved in the "pocket of violence towards our officers".

Sky's home affairs correspondent in Whiteminster, Mark White, said there was "significant disorder" at times.

The London Ambulance Service has confirmed that 15 patients were injured during the protests. Six members were taken to the hospital.

Those arrested were charged with breaches of the peace, violent disorder, assault on officers, possession of a dangerous weapon, intoxication and disorderly conduct, and possession of Class A drugs.

White said there were "very ugly" scenes on Westminster Bridge, with some anti-racist protesters shouting and demonstrators trying to get to Parliament Square.

He said some Black Lives Matter protesters were doing their best to stop attacking their fellow protesters.

Despite the pockets of violence, police have been able to prevent "widespread and persistent disorder."

He described the protesters as a "disparate group" consisting of distant activists from the English Defense League and the Football Ladies Alliance, as well as women, public and former soldiers and statues.

“There are some people who are spoiling for trouble - between the protests of Black Lives Matter last week and today,” White said.

At one point, "about 150 to 200" protesters fled to Hyde Park, despite authorities trying to separate them from anti-racist protesters.

Sky correspondent Noel Phillips said a police convoy had tried to catch them - and that they had "intent on causing chaos and destruction."

“There was a small change when we entered the park - they were fighting a young man,” he reported.

The 16-year-old, who was attacked by the protesters, told Sky News: "Nothing really happened, no violence - and then I saw this big crowd.

"I went to them and I was like, 'I don't like you, you guys are racist'."

"One of the friends threw a bottle at me, and some guy slapped me. He ran towards me all week.

"I don't care. I'm leaving. They're careless ... ugly."

The scenes of violence in Westminster coincided with peaceful demonstrations, with crowds gathering around Belfast, Glasgow, and Bristol.

Avon and Somerset's police said about 300 people attended the demonstration in Bristol city center, leading to two arrests.

Meanwhile, in Brighton, more than 10,000 protesters attended the Black Lives Matter event in the city center.

A Sussex Police spokesman said the protest was peaceful and no arrests were made.

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