Hundreds of people in St Helier have taken a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Islanders young and old gathered for the peaceful demonstration in People's Park to protest against racist violence in the USA and around the world.

The event was originally planned to take place in the Royal Square but relocated after as many as 1,000 people expressed an interest in attending online.

Protests have been taking place across the globe after the death of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on his neck for over eight and a half minutes.

The event also featured speeches and poetry from members of the black community.

The event also featured speeches from members of the black community. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Systemic racism is a real thing in our society and everyone should be taking accountability and responsibility. We should be actively working to destroy racism in its lowest form because it's something that does exist as much as we want to deny it.

Keiran Brown, speaker

Police thanked demonstrators for maintaining physical distancing during the event.