|Black Lives Matter Protest Planned in Brentford|
Organisers say they are holding peaceful family friendly demonstration this Sunday
A protest is to be held on behalf of the Black Lives Matter campaign in Brentford this Sunday (28 June).
It is due to take place between 1.30pm and 5.30pm at Market Place. Protestors will line up on the wide pavement starting at Verdict all the way up to Goddard’s on Brentford High Street. Should enough people turn up the organisers say there will be enough space to make up two lines.
The organiser Anil Patel says it is to be a family-friendly, socially distanced gathering with a welcoming atmosphere and music to show solidarity with protesters against racism and demand racial justice globally. You are asked to bring banners and artwork. They want to encourage passing drivers to show support so suggested slogans include: Honk for Justice/Silence is Violence.
People gathering will take a knee at 2pm in remembrance of George Floyd and others who have died in a similar way, the names of ‘preventable lives lost’ will be chanted. These will include Stephen Lawrence, Mark Duggan, Joy Gardner and Sara Reed.
Then there will be an Open Mic session in which people can share experiences, thoughts , art and anything related to the discrimination all people of colour face. There will be a few minutes for each speaker to allow everyone to be heard. Once all have spoken the floor will be open to someone speak for longer with the organisers hopeful a community leader will be there to speak at 2.30pm.
They would like to borrow speakers to play music and are looking for volunteers to be stewards of chanting and facilitating social distancing.
You are urged not to attend if you have any coronavirus symptoms and bring protective masks and gloves as well as food and water. ‘In case of arrest’ you are advised to carry essential medicines (e.g. inhalers) on your person.
The organisers held a similar protest on Turnham Green, Chiswick on 14 June which passed off without any major incident.
June 24, 2020