Hundreds of people march to Northampton's Racecourse for second Black Lives Matter protest

Up to 400 people have taken part in the march

Saturday, 13th June 2020, 3:57 pm
Updated Saturday, 13th June 2020, 4:20 pm
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Up to 400 people have taken part in a Black Lives Matter march through Northampton town centre this afternoon, Saturday.

The march began in Northampton town centre, where police were on hand to ensure the event went peacefully and those taking part adhered to social distancing guidelines. Protestors then made their way through to the Racecourse.

Speaking ahead of the event, one of the organisers of the protest, Michelle Gordan, told the Chronicle & Echo: "These marches are about raising racial awareness that has been pushed under the rug.

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"[Saturday's protest] is about showing Northampton has a big caring community and if we need to we will can together to make a change, whether that's racism in the police or in schools or in job opportunities.

"It's not just about protesting. yes, it is about making our voices heard, but from there you need to make a change. We want people to see our protest and think about what racial inequality has affected their lives.

"We want people to write to the Equality and Diversity Board about times the police have treated them unfairly.

"We would like to write to the council to ask for a youth club or a building as a base for black and ethnic minorities in Northampton, where we can keep our children off the streets and teach them about their history and heritage and as a place to be sporty."

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Northamptonshire Police also issued a statement ahead of the march: "We are aware of a protest due to take place in Northampton this afternoon, as people continue to call for justice following the death of George Floyd.

"We understand that people want to make their voices heard and the right to peaceful protest is a key part of any democracy which Northamptonshire Police will facilitate. Covid-19 remains a danger to us all and we strongly encourage everyone taking part in today’s protest to follow social distancing guidelines.

"Police officers will be on hand to ensure those using Northampton town centre and taking part in the protest are kept safe," the police said.

Picture: Leila Coker