Black Lives Matter: Gloucestershire protests held in support of movement

Credit: Dan Cooper

People in Gloucester held a peaceful vigil over the weekend as part of the global support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

The protest was one of a number to be held across the region this weekend. Credit: Dan Cooper

Hundreds attended the peaceful protest at Gloucester Park according to Gloucestershire police.

A host of individuals from the crowd stood on the bandstand to speak, sharing their thoughts, concerns and their experiences.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: "Our officers helped to facilitate a protest at Gloucester Park this afternoon (Saturday).

"Approximately 400 people attended. Protesters were peaceful and respected current Coronavirus regulations.

"We would like to thank everyone who attended for their co-operation.”

Credit: Phil Jones

The vigil took place at the park on Saturday after organisers had cancelled the original protest, due to safety fears.

Protesters took the knee during Saturday's protest to honour victims of racial inequality. Credit: Phil Jones

They were also fears that some attending the original event wanted to ensue violence.

One of the organisers of the original protest, Megan Wilshaw said: "There has been a lot of indication that people are planning to riot and we're not looking for anything violent to take place.

So it has been postponed until next Saturday so we can have a police presence."