Black Lives Matter protests to be held in Coventry this week

Several community groups have joined forces to hold peaceful protests in Coventry, to highlight injustice and show solidarity with our friends across the pond.

A group of Coventrians have joined forces to organise a Black Lives Matter protest to be held in Coventry this week.

The public demonstration aims to show solidarity with our friends across the pond in light of the recent death of American George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who sadly died as a police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes.

His death triggered protests in Minneapolis, which soon spread to other cities including New York and Los Angeles.

Despite Floyd having died nearly 4,000 miles away, his death has been felt by communities across the UK, especially in Coventry.

Thousands of people have marched in the UK, with more protests set to take place this week and at the weekend, including in Coventry.

The hour and a half protest in Coventry is to be held in Broadgate, Coventry city centre, in front of the Lady Godiva statue, on Tuesday, 2 June from 4:30 pm.

The groups Stand Up To Racism Coventry and Coventry Against Racism have organised the gathering, describing it as a “peaceful, socially distanced” protest.

Organisers of the event have asked that those attending do so responsibly and consider current coronavirus guidance by wearing masks and gloves and socially distancing.

Anyone with coronavirus related symptoms has been asked to not attend.

For those unable to attend, the protest will be streamed live on Facebook.

A further peaceful Black Lives Matter protest is planned in the same location by other individuals on Sunday, 7 June from 1:30 pm, which will include speeches, a kneel for George Floyd and chanting.

A spokesperson said, “We will pay respects to George and also draw attention to the injustices in our own country.

“Our main message is BLACK LIVES MATTER.”