Hundreds gather for five anti-racism Black Lives Matter protests in Cornwall

Black Lives Matter protests took place in Falmouth, Camborne and St Ives, Truro and Penzance over the weekend.

  • Falmouth

In Falmouth, hundreds of people joined a protest called 'We Can’t Breathe - a nine-minute kneel' at Kimberley Park on Sunday.

Participants were encouraged to kneel in silence for nine minutes, the amount of time a police officer knelt George Floyd's neck before he died.

Protesters in Falmouth Credit: Greg Martin/Cornwall Live
Protesters in Falmouth 'take the knee' Credit: Greg Martin/Cornwall Live
  • Truro

A Black Lives Matter protest took place on Lemon Quay in Truro Credit: Cornwall Live

The event on the city's Lemon Quay originally had 3,000 people saying they were interested and potentially taking part, but the organiser postponed due to social distancing concerns.

But, a new protest was organised in its place at the same time and place on Sunday afternoon.

In a message on their event Facebook page, they wrote: “Please remember it’s still a pandemic and we do need to try as hard as we can to maintain social distancing measures.

“Please keep a 2m distance as much as possible, wear gloves and masks, bring hand sanitiser and isolate for 14 days after attending.”

Protestors 'take the knee' at Lemon Quay in Truro Credit: Greg Martin/Cornwall Live
  • Penzance

Protesters in Penzance 'take the knee' Credit: Alana Bates

Following a "peaceful, safe distancing, supportive demo" at the bottom of Causewayhead in Penzance last Thursday, 4 June, protesters did the same yesterday, 7 June.

  • Camborne and St Ives

Like in Falmouth, the 'We Can’t Breathe - a nine-minute kneel' protest, was held at the same time at Tuckingmill Valley Park, Camborne.

No Going Back Sundays in St Ives is a way to stand 'alone together' for the most important issues facing humanity.

On Sunday at 10am they stood in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.