Serious public disorder in the coming months could ‘overwhelm all attempts’ to control coronavirus and ‘catastrophically’ undermine recovery plans, scientific advisers have warned. The current ‘volatile and highly complex situation’ means the UK will face ‘grave challenges’ in maintaining public order, according to a paper considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) in July. The academics warn that tensions resulting from the pandemic have become ‘inextricably bound’ with structural inequalities and international events, adding that the military should be on standby to quash a potential break down in law and order. The police are not prepared to manage a large-scale break down of public order, and the military should be on standby, the Times reported, citing the SAGE document. The report also discussed the Black Lives Matter movement that gained traction in May and early June after the death of George Floyd in the United States. Pictured: Police in Brixton attempted to break up an illegal street party last month, but 22 officers were injured during the incident, forcing them to retreat (pictured) There is an increasing sense of ‘racial injustice, inequality and discrimination’ felt among black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, which have been disproportionately affected by… Read full this story
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