Protest in Bedford Park to mark the start of the trial of George Floyd’s killers.

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George Floyd
George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, USA by a policeman on 25 May

Community groups in Bedford are holding a peaceful, socially distanced protest this evening (Friday), to mark the start of the trial of George Floyd’s killers.

The public event will take place at 6pm in Bedford Park and is being organised by Stand Up to Racism Bedford (SUTRB), Legacy of Windrush Descendants (LOWD) and Black Lives Matter.

Similar events are being held around the country calling for justice for George Floyd, who was was killed in Minneapolis, USA by a former policeman on 25 May.

His death sparked protests around the world, highlighting police brutality and institutional racism towards Black people.

Throughout the summer, a number of peaceful Black Lives Matter protests have taken place in Bedford.

Read: Special Report: Bedford’s Black community speaks “racism is everyone’s issue”

Attendees this evening are asked to wear face masks and stay two metres apart from others.

Everyone is welcome and anyone who wants to speak should make themselves known to the organisers.

BLM protest in Bedford Park on 7 June

There will be stewards in attendance to ensure that the rules of social distancing are observed at all times.

‘It is our duty as white people to ensure that our allyship is neither passive nor performative,” said Liana Beatrice Valerio of SUTRB.

“Regardless of whether our social media newsfeeds are tranquil, or pounding with the most recent story of racially motivated violence or prejudice, we must remain active, educated, and conscientious as to how we can best use our voices and deeds in our homes, communities, workplaces, and via our spending habits and ballots in order to create the changes that need to occur for racial injustice, hatred, and discrimination to be eradicated from our society.”

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