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
You can sign a petition to end Direct Provision here.
A list of other demonstrations due to take place across Ireland over the coming days can be found here.