A demonstration to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement is taking place today at 6:30pm at the Spire on Dublin's O’Connell Street today.
The Anti-Racism Network (ARN) and the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland (MASI) have organised the demonstration to “condemn the horrific acts of violence perpetrated on a daily basis by US law enforcement against Black bodies”.
The protest comes as racial tensions are high in the US following the shooting of two black men, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, by police officers last week.
Five police officers were shot in Dallas last Friday by a former veteran Micah Johnson who said he wanted to “kill white people” and has soared racial tensions in America.
The Anti Racism Network Ireland said: “In 2015, Black males aged between 15 and 34 were five times more likely than white males of the same age to be killed by the police."
"It is clear then that a Black person’s mere existence still represents a threat worthy of extermination, as evidenced by the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Miriam Carey, Tanisha Anderson, Tamir Rice, Mya Hall, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, to name but a few."
“This devaluing of dark skin also stretches beyond the borders of the US and informs our reactions to the 10,000 people that have drowned in the Mediterranean since 2014, and to the 5,000 people currently incarcerated in the Direct Provision system here in Ireland. We therefore stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the US and their struggle against deeply ingrained institutional racial prejudice, but also against the international system of white supremacy.”