The Black Lives Matter protester seen in viral video carrying an injured white counter-protester over his shoulder to safety in London said he did it to prevent a “catastrophe,” according to a report.
“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,” Patrick Hutchinson told CNN.
The personal trainer and Muay Thai fighter went viral after being photographed marching through angry mobs while carrying the apparent rival, who was hurt during skirmishes in tourist hotspots in central London on Saturday.
Other Black Lives Matter marchers put protective arms around the injured man as he was carried to safety through the crowds, flanked by police in riot gear.
The man was not immediately identified, but witnesses told Reuters he was one of hundreds of right-wing counter-protesters who had disrupted George Floyd protests.
Hutchinson told CNN he initially saw the man lying in the fetal position surrounded by protesters.
He said he and his friends formed a cordon around the man before he scooped him up to take him to police.
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