BARRY PROTEST IN king’s square
The Black Lives Matter protest has just got underway in Kings Square, Barry. Protesters of all ages, all races, all backgrounds are showing up at Black Lives Matter protests out of love for their fellow human beings.
The only way George Floyd’s death will make any sense is if it brings about lasting change and a better future for every citizen throughout the world without the fear of violence or discrimination.
George Floyd was killed in America on 25th May 2020 after a white police officer, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Floyd was handcuffed face down in the street and had repeatedly strained to tell the officers that he could not breathe. During this time two other officers further restrained him and a fourth prevented onlookers from intervening.
For the last three of those minutes Floyd was motionless and had no pulse, but officers made no attempt to revive him. The officer kept his knee on Floyd’s neck as arriving emergency medical technicians attempted to treat him.
Veteran civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, who led the funeral service for George Floyd said, “All over the world I see grandchildren of slave masters tearing down slave masters’ statues.”
Talking about Mr Floyd’s difficult life, Reverend Al Sharpton said: “God took the rejected stone and made him the cornerstone of a movement that’s gonna change the whole wide world.”
This has to be what happens
The protest has got underway over the last hour and crowds have been increasing as they arrive from all areas of Barry.
Organisers of the Barry protest, Stand Up to Racism Cardiff, said they wanted to organise this protest in support of the Justice for George Floyd campaign. The crowd are repeatedly reminded, by the organisers, of the important of a peaceful protest, of social distancing and respect for others attending.
Free facemarks are distributed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
The police maintain a low key presence and the atmosphere is relaxed and congenial.