Saturday, June 06, 2020

Previous protest at the US Embassy. Picture: Damien Storan

Black Lives Matter demonstrators have given those who were victims of racism courage to speak out, according to an organiser of today’s rally in Dublin.

It is due to get underway at the US Embassy later following a large march last week in solidarity with protesters in the US after the death in police custody of George Floyd.

Similar demonstrations will take place in Cork, Galway and Sligo

Lucky Kambule says the reaction has been positive.

“It has galvanised people and amplified their voices because it made people reflect and look into their own personal experiences of racism,” said Mr Kambule.

“It has given people the courage to speak up.”

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Officer is appealing to people not to attend demonstrations this weekend.

Dr Tony Holohan says it is not the time to be holding rallies here.

“I wouldn’t want to take anything away from either people’s right to protest or understanding of the motivation behind it,” said Dr Holohan.

“It’s not a comment on any of that but we think now is not the time to be arranging mass gatherings or events that have the potential to become mass gatherings

“We have a message first of all to those organising to say do not organise those kinds of events and for people who would be intending to visit them to stay away.”

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