BLM protests continue in Bristol with more still planned

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Given the current news cycle you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise but the black lives matter protests which peaked during the summer have continued into the month of September. Though national coverage of the demonstrations has severely declined, the call to address racial inequalities which negatively impact black people both in the UK and abroad remains strong.

In Leeds, a collaborative effort has been planned with Leeds Stand Up to Racism to organise a socially distanced demonstration for 6pm Friday, September 11. The protest, which will take place at Millennium Square, is planned to coincide with the start of proceedings in the case of George Floyd, the American who died at the hands of police officials in May.

The movement in Leeds also seeks to take aim at section 60 demanding that it is scrapped. As you may be aware, Section 60 provides police with stop and search powers, and is a policing technique which disproportionately impacts black people and black youth especially.

These are not the first demonstrations seen in Leeds, with regional paper Leeds Live reporting on two having taken place on consecutive weekends in June.

Elsewhere, Sunday (6 September) saw residents in Bristol take to the streets in their hundreds for their own black lives matter demonstrations. More than 700 expressed interest in the event which began at 2pm from College green all the way to Castle Square.

This followed another march seen a day earlier in Cardiff. This demonstration also featured a vigil outside of Cardiff Prison. This was to mark 68 years since Mahmood Mattan was wrongly convicted of murder and executed

Mayowa Ayodele

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