Black Lives Matter supporters plan peaceful protest in Hanley city centre today


A ‘peaceful’ anti-racism rally is to be held in the city centre today.

Black Lives Matter campaigners are inviting people to join them in a demonstration at Hanley’s blue clock this afternoon (Saturday June 27).

This event follows another Black Lives Matter protest in Hanley Park on June 4 and one in Stafford on June 13.

The death of George Floyd at the hands of a U.S. police officer has sparked a number of protests worldwide.

Mr Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last month when an arresting officer pressed a knee against his neck for almost nine minutes.

Four police officers have since been fired from their jobs and charged over the killing.

A Facebook event advertising the demonstration states that there will be seven guest speakers at the event which starts at midday.

The protest organisers are urging those attending to bring face masks and signs.

Following the Hanley Park demonstration, Assistant Chief Constable Simon Tweats, of Staffordshire Police, thanked those attending for protesting in a peaceful manner.

He added: “As we work together to prevent the spread of Covid-19 we would prefer it if gatherings did not take place, but we respect the right of others to peacefully protest.

“With further protests planned across the county we urge people to keep in mind the virus is still a major threat.

“We all have a role and civic duty in protecting the NHS and saving lives – everyone is at risk from this virus including our family and friends.”





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