Far right demonstrators were determined to wreak havoc in London. They succeeded by attacking police with bottles and smoke bombs before violently clashing with Black Lives Matter supporters in Trafalgar Square and at Waterloo station.
On June 13, 2020, protesters in London and all over the world have taken to the streets calling for police reform after the deaths of black people at the hands of police. These deaths most recently include George Floyd in Minneapolis and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.
One far-right “thug” as they are referred to by British police, got more than he bargained for. Separated from his friends, he was pummeled by several in the crowd and left bloodied, curled up in a fetal position when Patrick Hutchinson came upon him.
Patrick Hutchinson said, “My real focus was on avoiding a catastrophe, all of a sudden the narrative changes into ‘Black Lives Matters, Youngsters Kill Protesters.’ That was the message we were trying to avoid,” Hutchinson told CNN.
Hutchinson and his friends, who are security and martial arts experts, attended an anti-racist protest on Saturday to “try and keep the peace.” When far-right groups began to clash with black protesters, Hutchinson said the man he helped had been caught alone and left by his friends.
BLM Activist Saves Far-Right Protester
Hutchinson said it didn’t cross his mind whether the man was a far-right counter protester or not. He simply wanted to get the man out safely. It was important for the father and grandfather that the BLM protests remain peaceful.
When Hutchinson saw the man, he said he and his friends formed a cordon around him and Hutchinson scooped him up to take him directly to the police. While they were marching, the man could still feel people trying to hit him, Hutchinson said.
“I am carrying him, my friends are protecting myself and the man on my shoulder. He was still receiving blows, you can feel people trying to hit him,” he said. “There were people trying to protect him at the same time carried him over to the police and I said here you are. One of them said ‘thank you – you did a good thing there.'”
Mr. Hutchinson would like to break down the race barriers and for people to realize, “we are all one race,” Adding that he attended the protests because “history was in the making.” For him it was a “no-brainer” to support the cause.
“I want to see equality for everybody. I am a father, a grandfather and I would love to see my young children, my young grandchildren, my nieces, my nephews have a better world than I have lived in,” Hutchinson said. “The world I live in has been better than my grandparents and my parents and hopefully we can continue until we have total equality for everyone.”
Patrick Hutchinson is a real life hero. He not only saved a human life, but he saved the life of a far-right bigot and white racist who lives to harm people of color and Jews. Had their roles been reversed, it is doubtful the man Hutchinson saved would have saved Hutchinson.
“We’re all one race, our skin color is just a side effect of us being close to the equator, some of us are further away from the equator, some are closer,” Mr Hutchinson added.
“You can’t just stand there and watch someone die, you have to step in and do something and I’m not really focusing on what they would have done if they were in that situation.
We salute you, Patrick Hutchinson!