Plymouth stands in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

    It follows a march held in the city centre yesterday

    The City of Plymouth is standing in solidarity with George Floyd's family and friends and the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Leader of the city council, Tudor Evans, says the violent death of George Floyd has shocked the world and is a terrible reminder of the need to keep up the fight against racism and discrimination everywhere.

    He said: “We are all horrified by the tragic and violent death of George Floyd and as a city we stand in solidarity with his family and friends, the Black Lives Matter movement and everyone who continues to challenge racism, discrimination and inequality.

    “As an international city we have a proud history in Plymouth of welcoming people from all over the world.

    "It is as important as ever that during the year of the Mayflower 400 commemorations that Plymouth, England, makes a clear statement against any form of discrimination or oppression and that we stand in solidarity with those who are being discriminated against in the US.

    “The way that the BAME community – including many of NHS staff – has suffered disproportionately from the impact of COVID-19 shows just how much there is to do to tackle deep-rooted inequalities.

    “Today we stand united with the Black Lives Matter movement. Our messages is that Black Lives Matter in Plymouth.”

    A march was held in the city centre yesterday and another one is planned for Sunday.

    PC Glen Baird, a local officer at St Budeaux and Barne Barton, was there yesterday.

    He was pictured chatting with a girl, who described him as "kind and supportive".

    PC Baird says he hopes he has managed to persuade one person that police are here to protect them.

    Anyone experiencing or witnessing any racist behaviour can report by calling 01752 398500 or the police on 101 or online at: https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/crimepreventionandantisocialbehaviour/reportdiscriminationorhateincident

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