Two small-scale protests are due to take place in Manchester tonight as part of as part of a UK 'stand up to racism day of action' following the death in the US of George Floyd.

A handful of supporters of the Manchester branch of the campaign group Stand Up To Racism will 'take the knee' at both protests although the locations aren't being made public to ensure lockdown rules are observed.

The events take place at 6pm as part of a planned nation day of action following the death of George Floyd.

Mr Floyd, 46, was an African-American man who was arrested outside a store in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25.

Footage of the arrest shows police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, despite him pleading "I can't breathe".

Protests have been taking place across the country

Mr Floyd was later pronounced dead and his death has sparked protests across the US.

Stand Up to Racism is asking people to take part in in socially distanced protest by taking the knee on their owns doorsteps to show solidarity.

American football star Colin Kaepernick famously 'took the knee' in 2016, kneeling down in protest during the US national anthem to 'stand with the oppressed'.

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At 6pm tonight (Wednesday) people across the UK are being encouraged to 'take the knee' in a show of solidarity with people in Minneapolis and to emphasise the continuing 'black lives matter' campaign.

Police watch as tear gas is deployed during demonstrations in the aftermath of George Floyds death

Organisers say just a handful of supporters will attend each of the two Greater Manchester protests where they stress social distancing rules will be observed. They won't make the locations public until they protests have finished.

They will be wearing gloves, and masks, and keeping a safe social distance, they say.

Ameen Hadi, chair chair of Northwest Unison Black Members, said: "In recent days we have witnessed a huge wave of protests across the US at the cruel and unnecessary murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Our full sympathy and solidarity goes to his family.

‘In the USA black men and boys face a 1 in 1,000 chance of being killed by police over the course of their life. The same institutional racist police force exists in this country.

‘We must bring all workers together to oppose racism and all forms of discrimination. Together we must say 'no justice, no peace'."

President Donald Trump (inset) and Colin Kaepernick kneeling in protest before an NFL game at Levi's Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Santa Clara, California

Nahella Ashraf, is co-chair Manchester Stand Up To Racism said: "It's important that we stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in the US in their fight for justice.

"We recognise that the institutionalised racism of the state that results in police officers killing black people with impunity in the US is the same institutionalised racism that means black people here in Britain are four four times as likely to die from this virus.

"The British government like to say we're at war with this virus. As anti racists campaigners we know this is not the whole picture. It is this government's decisions that has meant a disproportionate number of our black sisters and brothers have died.

"We will be out on the Wednesday 3rd June as part of the national day of action to remember the dead but fight for the living."