Black Lives Matter announces socially distant and peaceful Leeds demonstration
A peaceful and socially distant Black Lives Matter demonstration will be held in Leeds this weekend.
It will take place on Woodhouse Moor in Hyde Park on Sunday, June 14.
The demonstration will begin at 2pm.
Attendees are advised to arrive from 1.30pm and are asked to bring their own facemask and sanitiser.
Anyone with health issues, or who lives with someone at higher risk of Covid-19, is asked to stay at home.
A spokesman said: "Our intentions behind this event are to educate and empower our community; provide a medium for people to grieve; and more importantly, to remind those in attendance, and within Leeds that we know we can bring about change together.
"We believe everyone has the right to protest and everyone should exercise their right to protest.
"We would however like to remind all that these are uncertain times.
"All individuals who are deemed at greater risk of being affected by Covid19 or live with someone who is – please stay at home.
"There are numerous ways to show your solidarity with Black Lives Matter Leeds.
"We will be providing information as to how you can help from the safety of your own home but attending the protest may not be the safest course of action.
The spokesman added: "Whilst we understand this may seem ambitious, we do believe we have found a way to achieve this.
"We have contacted doctors, nurses, and public health officials from Yale University.
"We would like to ask everyone now to remember that the times we are currently in are not normal, and we must adapt.
"We understand that black people have been reported to be at greater risk of being exposed to the coronavirus and we want to protect the very lives we are protesting for.”
Sunday’s event follows a successful online demonstration held on Sunday, June 7, viewed by over fifty thousand people.
Organisers of the protest said that this allowed them to spend crucial time working on creating as safe an environment for people to meet as possible.
A fundraising page has also been launched.
All proceeds will go towards ensuring the safety of this Sunday’s demonstration and the ongoing work Black Lives Matter will continue undertake within our community.
The event page can be found on Facebook here.
The Go Fund Me page can be accessed here.
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