• Clodagh Meaney

Black Lives Matter: Dublin protest to go ahead tomorrow

There were fears the demonstration may be cancelled

By Clodagh Meaney

On Monday June 1st, over 5,000 Black Lives Matter activists marched peacefully across Dublin City.

They met at The Spire on O'Connell Street, and made their way to the American Embassy in Ballsbridge in solidarity with the American branch of the movement, to protest the death of George Floyd as well as police brutality and racism.

The protest sparked conversation about racism in Ireland, particularly racism perpetrated against Black Indigenous People of Colour, and black immigrants.

Yet another protest has been organised by Black Pride Ireland, Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI), aswell as Migrants and Ethnic-minorities for Reproductive Justice (MERJ).

Following pressure from Gardai amid the Covid-19 health pandemic, a number of organised demonstrations have been cancelled, including a protest due to take place in Dublin on Monday, however the event due to take place tomorrow in Dublin will still go ahead.

The protest will take place tomorrow outside the United States Embassy in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Organisers have asked people attending the protest to refrain from bringing political party flags, organisational paraphernalia, or handing out flyers that are not related to Black Lives Matter. "It is not the time for you to recruit or gain members in anyway," they said.

"That is not solidarity, you are taking space from Black people."

They have also called for a socially distant protest come as Ireland continues to get to grip with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Commencing at 3pm, everyone within 5km radius of the embassy have been invited to join the protest.

If you cannot attend, you can join a virtual protest by uploading a photograph of yourself and a protest sign to Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatterIreland, and #EndDirectProvision.

In the meantime, you can sign MASI's petition to move asylum seekers out of direct provision centres here and donate to their independent platform for asylum seekers here.

You can sign a petition to end Direct Provision here.

You can donate to MERJ here, and to Black Pride Ireland here.

A list of other demonstrations due to take place across Ireland over the coming days can be found here.

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