United Against Racism Black Lives Matter Vigil cancelled

The United Against Racism Mayo Black Lives Matter vigil that had been proposed to take place on Saturday afternoon in Castlebar, has been cancelled.

The organisers proposed initially to hold a vigil at Market Square in the town and then moved it to The Mall; however on Wednesday evening they decided to cancel the vigil due to concerns over social distancing.

In a statement from the group issued on Wednesday evening, they said: "Due to the very high level of interest leading to concerns that social distancing may be compromised, United Against Racism Mayo have decided to cancel the public demonstration due to be held on Saturday June 6 at 3pm on the Mall Green in Castlebar.

"Instead we are asking the public to show their solidarity with the black people of America by sharing pictures or videos of themselves on Saturday, June 6 at 3pm with supportive posters or banners to social media platforms using the following hashtags: #AllEyezOnUSA, #BlackLivesMatter, #JusticeForFloyd, #RunWithMaud, #StandWithBre

"We are also asking people to voice their opposition using the hashtag #EndDirectProvision to institutional racism in Ireland such as that experienced by residents of Direct Provision, Asylum Seekers, the Travelling Community and Roma people."


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