November 29, 2020
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Black Lives Matter rally to take place in Kilkenny city this afternoon, those attending urged to maintain social distancing

A Black Lives Matters rally will take place in Kilkenny city this afternoon and organisers are urging anyone who attends to strictly adhere to social distancing practices.

The rally, organised by Eurobug and United against Racism Kilkenny, will take place on the Parade in Kilkenny at 2.30pm.

The organisers are calling upon the people of Kilkenny to call out racism and join in the word-wide demonstrations following the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month.

In graphic pictures beamed across the globe, Mr Floyd died on camera after an officer pinned his neck down with his knee for nine minutes, despite the fact the victim was already handcuffed and restrained. Independent and state autopsies concluded Mr Floyd’s death was a homicide.

Organisers of today’s rally in Kilkenny are asking all who attend to wear a mask, stay socially distanced, refrain from physical contact, to bring hand-sanitizer, and not to gather in non-family groups.

They also ask any people who “have vulnerable family members or have personal concerns” to not attend these rallies

“We hope that rallies and demos across Ireland will be a great success and people will have more of an understanding of health and safety rules,” organisers said in a statement on United against Racism, Kilkenny’s Facebook page.

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