Cambridge protestors 'take a knee' in solidarity with those fighting anti-black violence

Protestors have "taken a knee" outside King's College in Cambridge in a show of solidarity with those fighting against anti-black violence across the world.

The protest was organised by the 'Stand Up to Racism' group in response to the death of African-American George Floyd who died when a white police officer knelt on his neck in the American city of Minneapolis last week.

People gathered outside the iconic Cambridge landmark at 6pm on Wednesday evening to take the protest stance which was made famous by NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

Before a game in 2016, he took to his knee and bowed his head during the American national anthem - a gesture that has now become synonymous with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Protestors displayed signs to help get their message across. Credit: ITV News Anglia

People joined in with the protest in other places as well, with some answering Stand Up to Racism's call to "take a knee" on their doorsteps.

Those taking part in the Cambridge protest made sure they followed social-distancing rules - including keeping two metres apart and streaming it online to keep numbers down.

Before the protest in Cambridge, Barnie Hakata from the SUTR group told ITV News Anglia that he and fellow protestors will continue to take a stand against racism.

"George Floyd's name has spread across the world, but this isn't just about him," he said.

"This protest started 400 years ago in Jamestown, America. This fight is not starting and will not end with George Floyd. He is just one name of hundreds and hundreds who have died. There are too many lives. We should not be saying just one name when we're talking about this, we should be saying all of their names because they've all lost their lives.

"People are willing to die for this cause, to prove that their lives matter."

On Tuesday evening, buildings in cities like Norwich and Cambridge were lit up in purple to honour Mr Floyd's memory.