January 24, 2021

Waterford’s Black Lives Matters vigil cancelled

The Black Lives Matters vigil due to be held in Waterford this weekend has been cancelled “in the interest of public safety,” organisers have said.

The vigil, organised by a number of local groups, called upon the people of Waterford to call out racism and join the worldwide demonstrations follow the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.

In graphic pictures seen all around the world, Mr Floyd died on camera after an officer pinned his neck down with his knee for nine minutes despite already having Floyd handcuffed and restrained. An independent autopsy and a state autopsy say George Floyd death was a homicide.

Waterford Against Racism, MASI, Unite Against Racism, Al-Munir Islamic Centre Waterford, Anti- Deportation Ireland, Waterford Migrant Integration Forum and the Anomaly Music Collective, the groups organising the event took to Facebook last night to announce its cancellation.

In the statement, organisers said they had been liaising closely with the Garda on how to proceed with the vigil, but ultimately had to come to this decision.

“We could not predict the numbers that would turn up, and it was growing hour by hour, and coupled with the unpredictability of the Covid-19 virus, it would have been near impossible to control and maintain social distancing,” organisers said in a statement on Waterford Against Racism’s Facebook page.



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