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Hundreds gather at Black Lives Matter protest in Carlisle

Peaceful Protestors In Carlisle PHOTO: Oliver Hodgson

Hundreds of people attended an anti-racism protest in Carlisle city centre today (June 6).

Protests have been taking place all over the world following the killing of George Floyd in America. The un-armed African-American died after a white police officer held him down by pressing a knee into his neck in Minneapolis on May 25.

BLM protesters, gathered at the Old Town Hall in Carlisle chanting 'I can't breathe.' whilst nealing for 8minutes and 46 seconds.

Organisers of the event had placed chalk on the floor and actively encouraged social distancing, extra masks were brought for those who didn't have one.

Demonstrators were also encouraged to come up and speak to the hundreds there, with their messages and calls for action.

One lady had stepped up to the mic to show her view of 'All Lives Matter' which was not taken well by the hundreds of other people attending shouting 'Get Off The Mic', however, organisers did let her finish but had said that they are not endorsing that message.

The protesters and organisers said that the protests this weekend will be peaceful after a previous demonstration in London saw clashes with the police.

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