More than 150 people gathered at the Spire in Dublin city centre this evening in solidarity with the 'Black Lives Matter' movement in the US.
Freddie Adetoye (26) from Blanchardstown, who produces a podcast, called Unoriginal Podcast, about the experiences of black people in Ireland, said it was important to show solidarity with the movement in the US.
He told Indpendent.ie that that people should stand with those protesting across the US.
“With the injustices that are going on in America it’s good to show the solidarity with our fellow brothers over in the States and that we support them and understand the struggle that they’re going through,” he said.
The Black Lives Matter campaign has been gathering momentum as the issue of police shootings of black men has been put under a spotlight – in part because many of the shootings have been caught on camera and uploaded to social media.
Irish teacher Sorcha Hackett (32), from Tallaght, said that the stories coming from the US have moved her.
“Stories like that resonate with people, as you can see it resonates with Irish people,” she said.
“A lot of people are moved, a lot of people are hurting, a lot of people feel it’s wrong and they don’t know what to do about it so getting together [can help],” she added.
The demonstration, organised by the Anti-Racism Network Ireland and the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, comes as a fresh wave of protests have gripped the US following the recent shooting by police of Anton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Mr Sterling was killed by officers in Baton Rouge on July 5 when he was selling CDs outside of a convenience store.
Meanwhile, Mr Castile was killed in St Paul, Minnesota and his death was live streamed by his partner on Facebook.
A protest in Dallas organised after the shootings became the scene of an attack on police by Micah Johnson who killed five officers in a sniper attack.
President Obama addressed a vigil held in the city today and urged the country not to despair.