Dozens back market town’s Black Lives Matter protest

Around 60 people came together in Bungay, Suffolk to do a peaceful protest on Black Lives Matters ye

Around 60 people came together in Bungay, Suffolk to do a peaceful protest on Black Lives Matters yesterday evening where they lined one side of St Mary's Street. Picture: Andrew Atterwill - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

Dozens of residents in Bungay united to kneel in memory of George Floyd and condemn racism in the UK on Wednesday night.

Around 60 people came together in Bungay, Suffolk to do a peaceful protest on Black Lives Matters ye

Around 60 people came together in Bungay, Suffolk to do a peaceful protest on Black Lives Matters yesterday evening where they lined one side of St Mary's Street. Picture: Andrew Atterwill - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

The protest, organised by resident Laila France, was part of national action supporting the Black Lives Matter campaign to highlight police injustices in the United States and Britain.

Protesters lined St Mary’s Road, wearing masks and socially distancing, before kneeling for eight minutes and 48 seconds to mark the length of time US citizen George Floyd had his neck pressed on before his death.

Speaking ahead of the protest, Mrs France said: “We hope to change the ways that people act to those of non-white skin colour.

“I have been here since I was four years old, and we as a family have experienced quite a bit of racism, though the worst of it was in the late-1970s.

Around 60 people came together in Bungay, Suffolk to do a peaceful protest on Black Lives Matters ye

Around 60 people came together in Bungay, Suffolk to do a peaceful protest on Black Lives Matters yesterday evening where they lined one side of St Mary's Street. Picture: Andrew Atterwill - Credit: Andrew Atterwill


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“For a long time I haven’t come across racism myself, but hearing similar stories to those of mine, I think we really need to get the issues back out there.”

Around 60 people came together in Bungay, Suffolk to do a peaceful protest on Black Lives Matters ye

Around 60 people came together in Bungay, Suffolk to do a peaceful protest on Black Lives Matters yesterday evening where they lined one side of St Mary's Street. Picture: Andrew Atterwill - Credit: Andrew Atterwill

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