The British tabloids, including the right-wing ones, called Hutchinson a “hero”, and the awards of politicians and ordinary people poured into social media. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “Patrick Hutchinson’s instinct at this moment represents the best of us.”
On his Instagram account, Hutchinson wrote: “We saved a life today.”
In an interview with British broadcaster 4, Hutchinson said he had arrived at the scene to see the man he had saved on the spot and who was attacked by counter-protesters.
Hutchinson and his companions cordoned off the man.
“If the other three cops standing around when George Floyd was murdered thought about intervening and preventing their colleague from doing what he did as we did, George Floyd would still be alive today”
“I just want equality for all of us. At the moment, the scales are unfairly balanced and I want things to be fair for my children and grandchildren, ”Hutchinson told the stations.
The rescue took place during the London rallies on Saturday when Black Lives Matter protesters had largely left the streets to avoid clashes with extreme right-wing counter-protesters who used the organizers to defend national monuments such as the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square and the cenotaph memorial in front of 10 Downing Street from vandalism.
A week ago, a young man tried to light a Union flag at protests against racism and police brutality at the cenotaph, the memorial to Britain’s war dead. Someone else put graffiti on the Churchill statue that called him a racist. This has sparked a national debate over the Prime Minister’s words and actions during the war.
Before he took the picture, Martinez heard a scream: “We won’t do that!”
“I saw a skirmish and someone fall to the ground,” Martinez told his news organization. “The crowd separated right in front of me. I was in the right place at the right time and from that point of view I was extremely lucky. “
Reuters journalists at the scene reported that the injured was beaten by counter-protesters. “Some people in the crowd shouted that the victim of the attack was a member of the far right,” the news agency wrote.
Saturday’s protests were dominated by groups of mostly white men, some by far-right groups who claimed they were there to protect statues in Parliament Square, even though the statues were already boarded up.
Witnesses in London filmed a cell phone video of a group of men with beer cans in hand, who were bothering and kicking picnickers sitting in a meadow in a park. Others were filmed while inciting and attacking the police. Local reporters said many of the men were drunk.
The video, released on social media, showed white demonstrators throwing glass bottles and rockets at the police. The right-wing extremists were also hostile to the media and pushed cameras to the ground.
A man was photographed urinating next to a memorial by Keith Palmer, a police officer who was stabbed in the 2017 Westminster terrorist attack. A group molested a group of Picnic as they drove through London’s Hyde Park. The city police said over 100 people were arrested on Saturday.
Johnson, the British Prime Minister and Churchill biographer, said he would do everything in his power to protect the Churchill statue, but called the counter-protesters “far-right thugs and Bovver Boys”.
A “bovver boy” in British slang is a hooligan, often a skinhead, that causes trouble.
“It was true that a good number should have been arrested,” Johnson said in a column in the Daily Telegraph. “They were violent. They were aggressive with the police. They were obviously racist. There is nothing to excuse their behavior. “
Johnson promised to set up a commission to investigate racial inequality in the UK.
David Lammy, a Labor politician and author of a review of the criminal justice inequality in 2017, said that action is needed, no longer reports.
“He announced a commission behind a paywall in the Telegraph that is buried in the middle of another article about Churchill. If he was serious, why are there no details? ” Lammy said the BBC. “Go ahead, legislate, move – you’re in government, do something,” he said.