Hundreds of people have gathered in Cardiff to show solidarity with protesters in the US who are demonstrating following the death of a man during an arrest

George Floyd died after a police officer knelt on his neck. Credit: Twitter/@AttorneyCrump

The Black Lives Matter demonstration on Sunday was organised in tribute to George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis on Monday after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes while arresting him.

Derek Chauvin, who was sacked along with three other officers following the incident has been charged with murdering Mr Floyd, 46, and is due to appear in court on Monday.

Some protesters crowded together despite social distancing restrictions, held signs reading "Justice for George" and "Rest in power".

Credit: Eben Owen
Credit: Eben Owen

South Wales Police said that they were there to remind protesters of coronavirus legislation.

A spokesman said: "The event passed without incident with minimal disruption to the wider public."

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Protestors outside Cardiff Castle. Credit: Erica Lam

Hundreds also gathered in Trafalgar Square in London, where protestors could be heard chanting "black lives matter", in reference to the campaigning civil rights group.

Others held up placards saying "Racism has no place" and "I can't breathe" - words Mr Floyd told the police officer who was restraining him.

Following Mr Floyd's death, protests began in Minneapolis and have spread to cities across America.

The demonstrations have morphed into wider anger over police killings of black men.