Hundreds attend 'Black Lives Matter' demonstration in Dublin

A crowd gathered outside the GPO to show solidarity with the US movement

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Hundreds of people have being attending a 'Black Lives Matter' demonstration in Dublin this evening.

A large crowd gathered outside the GPO to show solidarity with the US movement. 

Major protests have been held across the US in recent days, after several black Americans were fatally shot by police.

The deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile made international headlines after videos of the incidents were shared on social media.

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Speaking ahead of today's rally in Dublin, Hassan Ould Moctar of Anti-Racism Network Ireland said: “[The] devaluing of dark skin also stretches beyond the borders of the US and underpins our indifference to the 10,000 people that have drowned in the Mediterranean since 2014, and to the 5,000 people currently incarcerated in the Direct Provision system here in Ireland.

"We therefore stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and their struggle against deeply ingrained institutional racial prejudice, but also against this international system of white supremacy," he added.