Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

14.56 31 May 2020


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Around 100 people have taken part in a silent demonstration outside the US Embassy in Dublin in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing protests in the US.

It comes amid growing tensions in the US over the death of an unarmed black man.

A video emerged earlier this week showing a police officer in Minneapolis kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, with Mr Floyd repeatedly saying he couldn't breathe.

The incident has sparked protests across the US, with curfews put in place in more than two dozen cities amid growing unrest.

Demonstrations are also being held this weekend in a number of cities outside the US.

In Dublin, two protests were held today - one outside the US Embassy in Ballsbridge, and another in the Phoenix Park to accommodate people living more than 5 km from the Embassy.

Speaking near the vigil in Dublin this afternoon, one woman explained: "It's not OK to hurt people or judge people because of their colour. It's not OK to be hateful to people.

"It's not OK to kneel on someone's neck in 2020, in the 21st century, just because of our colour. Where is the sense of justice?"

Separately, journalist and entrepreneur Mark Little - CEO of Kinzen and co-founder of Storyful - spoke to On The Record With Gavan Reilly about the unrest in the US.

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He said: "On the issue specifically of police violence and the role that race plays in policing in America... this is the open wound that has been gaping in front of the world and United States for generations.

"As well as the specific issue of police violence, we also have the United States caught up in a sort of toxic feedback loop, where every week there seems to be an issue that is so much more potent than the last one. Obviously that is being led to a large extent by Donald Trump and his supporters.

"The speed and severity of the rage that has gripped American politics I think is the broader, more sinister part of what we're seeing."

Main image: Photo of today's demonstration outside the US Embassy in Dublin. Image: Ben Finnegan

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