UPDATE: Since the publication of this article, this event has since been cancelled and a static protest has been organised for elsewhere in Stirling on the same day.
A protest against racism has been organised to take place this week in Stirling.
The protest has been organised for this Sunday. It will begin at the bottom of King Street at 1pm and protestors will march from King Street to King’s Park.
The protest was organised by Zoe Moore, who posted a statement to the event page:
“Stirling is a small city but racism and the oppression of black people exist outside of only the USA and London. It is more prevalent in Scotland than most of us realise.
“It’s vital that we take what we’re sharing on social media and put it into action – and this peaceful protest can be the first action!
“We must stand up for our friends, our family and our world. This is a terrifying and overwhelming time, however if we stand together we are strong.
“Bring a sign, bring something to shout, bring as little or as much as you want, but bring yourself. Your presence counts.”
Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic, everyone who attends the demonstration and has been asked to social distance (two metres) and wear a mask.
Anyone who is has symptoms or is high risk has been asked not to attend.
The demonstration has had a mixed reception from Stirling residents online, with some thanking the event organisers and showing solidarity while others have expressed concerns about coronavirus and a demonstration of this size being held during lockdown.
At the time of publication 187 had registered as going to the protest.
The organisers have been in contact with the police and local authorities about the protest.
This protest will be held at the same time as protests in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Demonstrations across the UK have been held in solidarity with widespread protests in the United States against racism and police brutality after African-American man George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
The scenes in the United States have seen police use tear gas and rubber bullets against protests and members of the press, police officers attacked, patrol vehicles vandalised and a police station was burned down.
In an further statement about Sunday’s demonstration, Zoe Moore added:
“We will march, we will protest, but racism doesn’t end when the protest is done and we all put down our signs.
“If we’re going to use our voices to speak out, it cannot just be on one afternoon in June.
“Our march is to come together to find a united voice but we need to use that voice every day of our lives going forward. The march is only the beginning of a journey we must take as individuals to bring down racism in our world.
“Much love and peace to you all.”
The event page on Facebook has posted links to petitions and websites to support the Black Lives Matter movement and call for justice for George Floyd.
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UPDATE: Since the publication of this article, this event has since been cancelled and re-arranged as a static protest has been organised for elsewhere in Stirling on the same day.