POSTPONED: Black Lives Matter March planned for Longford this Saturday

Jessica Thompson

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Black Lives Matter March to take place in Longford this Saturday

The George Floyd mural outside Cup Foods at Chicago Ave and E 38th St in Minneapolis, Minnesota. PICTURE: Lorie Shaull on Pixabay

A peaceful, anti-racist protest is being organised for Longford this Saturday afternoon, with plans to adhere to social distancing, in tribute to the life of George Floyd.

George Floyd was an African American man who was killed by a police officer who pressed his knee to Mr Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes, while he was handcuffed, face down on the ground. It happened on May 25 in Minneapolis.

"We felt it necessary to hold it to show solidarity to those who are grieving in America after the tragic killing of George Floyd, but also to send a message to Longfordians, and to the nation at large, that racism is something that exists in societies across the world, including our own, and is an issue we need to collectively work to eliminate," said Eric Ehigie, who is one of the organisers of Saturday's protest.

The essence of the protest will be dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement and will be demanding justice for Mr Floyd and his family, say organisers.

The march is planned for 2pm at the Market Square, outside of Dealz and will end outside the County Council Offices at approximately 3pm.

Organisers are planning to enforce social distancing guidelines and are advising everyone to wear personal protective equipment and to bring a poster, banner or sign with messages that are relevant to the protest.

This event has been postponed. Read here for more details.