• Clodagh Meaney

There is a Black Lives Matter protest taking place in Dublin this weekend

MASI, MERJ and Black Pride Ireland have organised the demonstration

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).

"Anti-Blackness is global and here in Ireland we see it occur in the way we police crime and incarcerate asylum seekers in Direct Provision," they said.

The protest will take place this Saturday 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.

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.

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