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VIDEO & GALLERY: Hundreds in Aberdeen pin up posters in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement

Black Lives Matter poster protest in Aberdeen. Pictures by Kath Flannery
Black Lives Matter poster protest in Aberdeen. Pictures by Kath Flannery

Hundreds of people turned out at anti-racism protests held across Aberdeen.

Protesters pinned up posters and banners in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, with each one depicting powerful messages of the decades-long struggle for equality.

Organisers set up events at Skene Square, Marischal College, Duthie Park and Westburn Park and staggered arrival times to ensure participants could allow their voices to be heard while social distancing.

Aberdeen arts and performance group Hysteria organised the poster pin up as an alternative to staging a mass gathering.

It is hoped people’s artwork can help educate others on the challenges faced by the black community.

The action follows the global outrage surrounding the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week. He died while being arrested by police.

The peaceful protest coincided with others happening across the world.

Sofia Ferrara, who helped organise the Aberdeen event, said: “It is a gift to be able to give our time to stand in solidarity with all the other people doing the same across the world.

“It is great to see people turning up to show their support and we hope that this can help elevate the voices of others who need to be heard.

“Black voices need to be heard and it is important that we do what we can to help them, keeping up momentum for a movement that is so widespread.

“It has been very inspiring and hopeful to see so many people show up and stand in solidarity and it is very impressing what Mae Diansangu and her partner have done, organising such a successful protest in such a challenging time and respecting the safety measures.”

Attendees could be seen in their face coverings pinning up posters even as the weather refused to settle.

Lise Bos, 24, who was among those who gathered, said: “It is a privilege to stay at home and not be impacted by what is going on in the world. It is so important that we get involved, there is no excuse not to.

“Because of a lot of black transwomen, transpeople have the rights they have today the least we can do is all stand together in solidarity.”

Mia Foncha, 24 added: “I am here today as a black woman to show solidarity with all the other black people that have been facing injustices for hundreds of hundreds of years.

“I’m here in Aberdeen to show that black people are here, we want to be heard.”

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