Live updates as protesters arrive at Black Lives Matter demonstration in Leeds

A Black Lives Matter demonstration is taking place in Leeds.

By Abbey Maclure
Sunday, 21st June 2020, 2:15 pm

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Live updates from the Black Lives Matter protest in Leeds

Lives updates from the Black Lives Matter protest in Leeds

Last updated: Sunday, 21 June, 2020, 16:33

  • Thousands gather for Black Lives Matter Leeds protest on Woodhouse Moor, Hyde Park
  • Social distancing measures in place
  • Crowds listen to line-up of speakers

Thousands of people set to attend Black Lives Matter protest in Leeds

Thousands of people are set to attend the Black Lives Matter protest in Leeds today.

It follows the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, USA, who died after a police officer restrained him by kneeling on his neck.

Last week, a joint protest was held in Millennium Square with Black Voices Matter.

The socially-distant demonstration is being held in Hyde Park and begins at 2pm.

Organisers expect more than 2,000 people to fill the park.

Pictures from last week's protest at Millennium Square

Thousands of people joined a peaceful protest in Millennium Square last Sunday.

When is the protest and what safety rules are in place?

Today’s protest is being held at Woodhouse Moor, Hyde Park. 

It begins at 2pm.

Entrance into the demonstration begins from 1.30pm.

It is set to finish at 4pm.

Protesters will have to remain socially-distant.

An entry system will be set up to stagger arrivals into the park.

Once on site, volunteers will assist with directing people to clear spaces, ensuring attendees keep to social distancing guidelines of at least 2 meters between different households.

Demonstrators must bring a face mask and hand sanitiser.

Why are people protesting?

Thousands of people across the UK have turned out for anti-racism protests in major cities.

Protests began in the US after a video emerged of Mr Floyd, 46, being arrested on May 25 in Minneapolis, USA.

Phone footage showed him gasping that he could not breathe during the arrest by four officers.

They have since been charged over the death, which sparked days of protest in the US and Black Lives Matter (BLM).

Marvina Newton from Black Lives Matter Leeds said: "We come together to unite as a city and a nation to fight racism. No longer will we be silent because silence is consent. We aim to create a network to ensure that black lives matter and that power is share equally with black communities in order to dismantle systemic racism in our city and beyond."

Everything you need to know about the Black Lives Matter protest in Leeds

Reporter Abbey Maclure is at the protest

More people arriving

'These are not new issues'

Reverend Tony Parry, 59, from the New Testament Church of God, said: “I’m here in support of what’s going on, hopefully trying to encourage people to think about what they can do to bring about change.

"The issues being raised today are not new issues. They are issues that have been around for many, many decades.

"But change can’t come unless we can do that together, so I’m here to encourage that.”

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