Cork protestors will take to the streets again this Saturday.
A third Black Lives Matter protest will meet at 1:30pm at the Parnell Bus Station in Cork City, marching to the Grand Parade, where organisers will address the crowd.
The last gathering on June 8th drew hundreds of peaceful protestors to the city streets. Once again, social distancing will be enforced with the help of stewards who have volunteered their time and Gardaí will be in attendance.
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“We cannot stop protesting until there is justice for the black lives wrongfully taken by those in positions of authority.” one of the organisers, Farida Salim told Yay Cork.
“For too long, the Black community in Ireland has experienced racial abuse, from children being bullied and discriminated against in school for our hair and culture, to our skin affecting our employment opportunities. But enough is enough.” Farid told Yay Cork.
“We cannot take it anymore, it’s our time to stand up and say “no more”. We are stronger together and we will peacefully protest as much as we feel is necessary, in order to be heard.” added the 19-year-old campaigner.
“We will peacefully march through the streets of Cork so as to remind this country, that was built on protests, riots and struggle, just how important it is for us to have our voices heard. It is important for us to continue marching and protesting in order to not only show support for those who cannot, but to remind the world that racism is still alive and well, and it is our job to help end it.
“We will protest in order to shed light on how the African community are treated in Ireland. At the state of Direct Provision. At how little the government cares for us. When people ask why we are still protesting, we must remind them that racism has not ended, and as a result, neither will the protests. And we will refuse to stop protesting until our voices are heard.
“This event is legal and there is no possible threat of arrest or fines this time.”