Anthony Joshua attends Black Lives Matter march in his hometown
Anthony Joshua has shown his support for the Black Lives Matter movement by attending a protest march in his hometown.
The WBA, WBO and IBF world heavyweight champion took to the streets of Watford on Saturday to campaign following the controversial death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Hundreds of demonstrators joined Joshua in the peaceful protest, which involved two separate walks through Watford's town centre.
At one stage Joshua addressed those on the march by speaking over a microphone.
He was wearing a hooded jumper with 'Black Lives Matter' written across the front, like a number of other people on the march.
Joshua had to use a scooter and crutches to take part, as he recovers from a leg injury sustained in training.
Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor told the Watford Observer: "I was horrified to see the shocking murder of George Floyd and I know that this, and events like it, have caused pain to so many people.
"It's important we always stand up and challenge every form of discrimination, racism and injustice.
"I'm proud to be mayor of a diverse town, where people from many different backgrounds care for one another and share in each other’s successes and struggles. This is a source of strength for our town."
Those taking part in the march appeared to be ignoring social distancing guidelines however, despite a precautionary warning from police.
Hertfordshire Constabulary were aware in advance that the march was going ahead, and had no issue with protestors lining the streets, providing health and safety was considered.
A spokesperson for the branch said prior to the event: "We are aware of a peaceful protest potentially taking place in Watford town centre on Saturday and have been working to identify and engage positively with its organisers.
"Of course we recognise the right to lawful protest and will be working to facilitate that while also ensuring the safety of everyone concerned.
"In light of the continuing risks around Covid-19, we would ask anyone attending to follow the current government guidelines to ensure their safety and that of others."
Floyd's death has sparked protests across America and the UK as civilians demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice.
The 46-year-old died in police custody after his arrest for allegedly attempting to use a counterfeit $20 note.
Arresting police officer Derek Chauvin has since been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, after a video emerged of him kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes.
Floyd passed out after numerous pleas he couldn't breathe, and later passed away in hospital.
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