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Black Lives Matter Supporter Who Was Photographed Carrying Injured Far Right Counter-Protester To Safety Speaks Out

Black Lives Matter Supporter Who Was Photographed Carrying Injured Far Right Counter-Protester To Safety Speaks Out
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It was an image that shocked many around the world over the weekendβ€”a Black man carrying to safety a badly injured White man who was part of a group of far-right counter-protesters that attacked him and other Black Lives Matter demonstrators during a protest in London.

Now that man, Patrick Hutchinson, is speaking out about his experience and why he chose to save a man there to harm him.

Hutchinson is a personal trainer, martial arts expert and grandfather from London.

The day after the incident that saw him and his friends saving the far-right White man's life, Hutchinson spoke with the UK's Channel 4 about what happened and what motivated him to save a man most would classify as his enemy.

You can see the interview here.

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Invoking the murder of George Floyd, Hutchinson told Channel 4 that his motivation for saving the man was very simple.

"If the other three police officers who were standing around when George Floyd was murdered had thought about intervening like what we did, George Floyd would be alive today."

The incident occurred near Waterloo Station on London's South Bank on Saturday. The day saw multiple clashes throughout the British capital between Black Lives Matter protesters and White far-right groups who attacked both them and the police.

Prime Minster Boris Johnson deemed the far-rights groups' actions "racist thuggery."

Things got so out of hand that London Mayor Sadiq Khan issued a statement on Twitter warning of far-right groups instigating violence and urging Londoners to stay home.

It was in the midst of this type of violence that Patrick Hutchinson found the White man, who'd been badly beaten following an attack on Black Lives Matter protesters.

He'd been subsequently abandoned by his own friends and was in danger of being trampled by the crowd until Hutchinson and his friends intervened.

On Twitter, there was no shortage of appreciation for Hutchinson's act.

As for why he's joined the waves of protest surging through London, Hutchinson was similarly plain-spoken:

"I just want equality--for all of us. At the moment, the scales are unfairly balanced and I just want things to be fair, for my children and my grandchildren."

A worthy goal, indeed.