Cleethorpes

Cleethorpes to host Black Lives Matter protest

Over 200 people are set to gather and make their voices heard at a Black Lives Matter protest in Cleethorpes this weekend.

Black Lives Matter Lincolnshire has organised the peaceful protest, which will start at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre at 3pm on Saturday, June 13.

Over 400 people have declared their interest in the event on Facebook, with 271 confirmed as going at the time of publication.

Those in attendance will march from the leisure centre to the pier and then assemble on the beach for speeches from local protestors about their experiences.

The organisers have registered the protest with Humberside Police, who they have asked to attend the event.

Scenes at a Black Lives Matter protest in Lincoln last week. Photo: Steve Smailes

Protestors are being urged to bring placards, banners and whistles to make some noise and their voices heard. People are also being encouraged to wear face masks and gloves and to adhere to the government’s current social distancing rules.

Anyone who wishes to speak at the event should message the Black Lives Matter Lincolnshire Facebook page before 12pm on June 12.

Brian Milne, founder of Black Lives Matter Lincolnshire, said: “We believe feelings are running strong with the racism that black people suffer on a daily basis.”

Around 500 people gathered outside House of Fraser on Lincoln High Street in a moving Black Lives Matter protest on June 4.

Chants of “say his name” in honour of George Floyd, and “Black Lives Matter” rang through the crowd as they marched up Steep Hill in Lincoln.

Lincoln Centre Police said: “Whilst we would prefer protests to take place once the COVID-19 regulations are lifted, and that social distancing is maintained if protests are absolutely necessary, we respect the right to protest peacefully.

“We understand the protest in Lincoln city centre had an extremely important message, one that needs to be heard and one which can’t be ignored. As the centre team we would like to pass our thanks to those in attendance for remaining peaceful.”

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