Hundreds of people gathered in Liverpool city centre for a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest.

People were invited to St George's Hall from 7.30pm to join other in supporting the movement and to show solidarity with black and minority ethnic communities in Liverpool.

The demonstration on Tuesday night comes after a small group of people gather on Sunday to support the ongoing protests across America following the killing of a black man in Minneapolis, USA, last week.

The US is experiencing widescale protests after the shocking death of unarmed African-American man George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

Black communities across America have taken a stand against ongoing issues of discrimination - and have been met with some shocking shows of force by police and other agencies.

Many organisations in the UK have shown solidarity with the protests, with Liverpool FC players taking a symbolic kneeling position at Anfield yesterday.

And Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has said the city's famous buildings will be lit up purple this evening in support of Mr Floyd and those seeking justice for him.

We'll be bringing you updates throughout the evening from the protests and lighting up of the local landmarks.

Tears at Black Lives Matter protest in Liverpool as thousands kneel for George Floyd

People were left in tears as thousands of people took to their knees in Liverpool city centre to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Huge crowds turned out outside St George's Hall to take part in the protest and show their solidarity with black communities in the city and across the world.

Protesters also joined together to condemned the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd in Minneapolis last Monday.

In Liverpool on Tuesday night, protesters flooded the city centre to show their support for George Floyd and those fighting for equality.

An event organised locally drew crowds of thousands of people, many of whom carried homemade signs and wore t-shirts in relation to the movement.

Shortly after a number of campaigners spoke to the crowd, protesters drop to their knees for eight minutes and chanted "I can't breathe."

Many people in the crowd became emotional during the demonstration with a number seen wiping tears from their eyes as the crowd shouted and cheered.

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Volunteers gave free masks and water to crowds

Volunteers at the protest pulled up in a van at St George's Hall to give out free water and masks to the crowds.

Loren McShane captured an image of the moment the two people opened their doors and started giving out the PPE and refreshments.

Selfless volunteers showed up at the Black Lives Matter protest to give out free masks and water (Image: Loren McShane)

Protesters reminded to socially distance by police

Officers from Merseyside Police have reminded protesters in the city centre to maintain social distancing.

In a tweet, a spokesperson for the force acknowledged the crowds' right to gather while asking them to observe the current guidelines around the coronavirus crisis.

They said: "We're aware of a gathering of people at St George’s Hall in Liverpool city centre this evening.

"We recognise the right of people to demonstrate peacefully and express their views but would continue to remind people they should adhere to social distancing guidelines at all times."

Organisers at the protest also advised people to keep distance from each other

Another powerful image from the protest

Black Lives Matter protest on St George's Hall Plateau.(Pic Andrew Teebay). (Image: Andrew Teebay/Liverpool Echo)

Facebook live: crowds kneel

Reporter Jenny Kirkham is at the protest and captured the moment protesters kneeled in a show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement on Facebook Live.

'It is not enough to be non-racist'

Protesters at the Black Lives Matter protest in Liverpool city centre

Placards say it all

ECHO photographer Andy Teebay is capturing some powerful images from the protest

Protesters at the Black Lives Matter protest in Liverpool city centre

Simple but powerful messages

Protesters at the Black Lives Matter demo near Liverpool's St George's Hall

Latest picture from hall steps

Hundreds gather at St George's Hall for Black Lives Matter protest

Large numbers gathering

This image gives an idea of the numbers gathering - and clearly many are taking the advice to wear masks and keep their distance seriously

Black Lives Matter protesters gather near St George's Hall in Liverpool. Pic: Andy Teebay

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Calls for people to join Liverpool protest

Calls on social media have asked for people to join the Black Lives Matter protest at St George's Hall.

Protesters are being asked to socially distance and wear masks.

George Floyd to be remembered in Liverpool city buildings turn purple

Liverpool landmarks will turn purple on Tuesday to remember victim of police brutality George Floyd, Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has said.

The unarmed African-American security guard died in Minneapolis, United States, after being arrested by police.

A video showed the security guard saying he was in pain and couldn't breathe while being held down before he died.

The police officer's action has been condemned by the mayor of Minneapolis Jacob Frey, who said that if most people had done what the police officer did to Mr Floyd, they would "already be behind bars".

Mayor Anderson responded: "Our city has always stood up for justice @jacob_frey so Liverpool will stand with you and Minneapolis during these difficult days.

"We will light our buildings purple on Tuesday to remember George Floyd and show communities, everywhere, that justice must be seen."

Why are people protesting?

People are taking to the streets across the UK and American following the death of unarmed black man, George Floyd.

George was killed last week when a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

In the wake of his death, thousands have taken to the streets under the Black Lives Matter movement to protest the systemic racist and brutality that black people face daily.

Black Lives Matter protest in Liverpool. Photo by Colin Lane

Black communities across America have taken a stand against ongoing issues of discrimination - and have been met with some shocking shows of force by police and other agencies.

Many organisations in the UK have shown solidarity with the protests, with Liverpool FC players taking a symbolic kneeling position at Anfield yesterday.

White supporters and allies of the movement have also joined the protests worldwide.