Thursday 27 October 2016

Black Lives Matter demo gathers in the city centre

Aline Ortolan at the rally. Photo: Arthur Carron
Aline Ortolan at the rally. Photo: Arthur Carron
Chino Okeke from Nigeria. Photo: Collins

More than 150 people gathered at the Spire in Dublin city centre in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.

Freddie Adetoye (26), from Blanchardstown said it was important to show support for the passionate campaign in America.

"With the injustices that are going on in America it's good to show the solidarity with our fellow brothers over in the States, and that we support them and understand the struggle that they're going through," he said.

Meanwhile, his friend, Tai Aderemi (29), from Templeogue, said Ireland does not have the type of systemic problems that can be seen in the US - but that all countries should be talking about race.


"There has to be a conversation about race in every country, because unfortunately we live in a world where white is the default - whether you like it or not," he told the Herald.

Irish teacher Sorcha Hackett (32), from Tallaght, said that the stories coming from the US have moved her in recent weeks, explaining: "I feel it's painful to watch what's happening in the States at the moment… it gets to me. It's very obviously wrong."

Yesterday's demonstration comes as a fresh wave of protests have gripped America following the recent shooting by police of Anton Sterling and Philando Castile.

They are the latest in a string of high-profile shootings of black men by police in the US, which have prompted protests and calls for racism to be challenged.

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