15 powerful pictures from the Black Lives Matter protest at Millennium Square Leeds

Thousands of people gathered at Millennium Square in Leeds for a Black Lives Matter protest today.

Sunday, 14th June 2020, 6:48 pm
Powerful pictures from the Black Lives Matter protest at Millennium Square (Photos: Simon Hulme)

The demonstration, organised by Black Voices Matter, was a peaceful protest to "stand in solidarity against systemic and institutional racism embedded in our society and police brutality and injustice inflicted against black people". It began at 2.30pm with speeches, poetry and music and protesters took a knee in silence in memory of George Floyd. Here are 15 moving pictures from the protest:

Thousands gathered at Millennium Square for a Black Lives Matter protest in Leeds on Sunday, June 14
The peaceful protest was organised by Black Voices Matter - with support from Black Lives Matter Leeds

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Protesters flooded into Millennium Square before the protest got underway at 2pm
Speeches got underway at 2.30pm, followed by music and poetry. Protesters took a knee in silence in memory of George Floyd
Protesters climbed the steps for a better view over Millennium Square
Masks and gloves were handed out to those who needed them
Jai Jallow and Hannah Tandoh, both 21, said the support and atmosphere had been 'amazing'
Gordon Adams, 54, attended the protest with his young family. He remembers protesting in Leeds over 40 years ago - and says whats changed now is both the number of people and the diversity of the crowd
A protester stands in front of the police line
Many protesters brought powerful placards along
The protest remained peaceful until it ended shortly after 4pm
The Black Lives Matter rally
The protesters were led in chants and song by organisers at Millennium Square
"We're not trying to start a race war. We're trying to end one"
The Black Lives Matter rally