Harlow campaigners take the knee on anniversary of George Floyd murder

Crime / Thu 27th May 2021 at 06:35am

GEORGE Floyd, a name which has now become synonymous with police violence in America, was an African American man who died at the hands of police in Minneapolis on 25th May 2020.

One year later on Tuesday anti-racists across the country participated in vigils and protests to remember George Floyd in a day of action called by Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) and the TUC.

In Harlow, 30 people gathered in the Town Park to take part in a ‘take the knee’ demonstration of solidarity with all those suffering oppression and violence.

One speaker from Harlow SUTR told the group that although Derek Chauvin, the police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and forty six seconds, has now been found guilty of murder, he would not have been arrested, tried and convicted if it wasn’t for the mobile phone footage which was seen by people world wide and for the wave of protests under the banner of Black Lives Matter which followed.

Another speaker, from Bishops Stortford spoke about anti-racist activities that have taken place locally over the last year including the successful protests which led to the removal of the name of Cecil Rhodes, a racist imperialist, from the arts centre in Bishops Stortford which changed its name from the Rhodes Centre to the South Mills Arts Centre. 

The rally ended with a performance of a poem about George Floyd by local spoken word artist, Cherry Bee and the visibly moved audience then knelt and remembered George Floyd and the disproportionate number of deaths of black people either through police brutality or through the pandemic.

By Stand Up To Racism

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