Dozens take the knee in support of Black Lives Matter movement

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 June 2020

Sacha Knop at the Lake Ground in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.      Picture: Rasha Tyson

Sacha Knop at the Lake Ground in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Picture: Rasha Tyson

Rasha Tyson

People gathered to take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement in Portishead.

Chloe, Liese and Tom at the Lake Ground in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.   Picture: Sacha KnopChloe, Liese and Tom at the Lake Ground in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Picture: Sacha Knop

Residents marked their respect by kneeling for eight minutes and 46 seconds at the Lake Grounds on Wednesday.

Thousands of people turned out across the world to protest against racial injustices as demonstrations throughout the UK were sparked by the murder of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis.

The Portishead event was organised by Chloe Howarth to ‘show our support for the BLM movement’ and social-distancing was adhered to.

Vicar Laura Downs read a poem of solidarity at the Lake Grounds.         Picture: Sacha KnopVicar Laura Downs read a poem of solidarity at the Lake Grounds. Picture: Sacha Knop

People took a plethora of banners to the Lake Grounds and vicar Laura Downs read a prayer of solidarity on the day.

Among some of the words spoken, Laura said ‘we stand here because black lives matter, because for too long, black lives have not mattered’ and we look forward to when ‘those from every ethnicity, sexuality, ability, gender, and faith are gathered as one’.

People at the Lake Ground in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.        Picture: Sacha KnopPeople at the Lake Ground in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Picture: Sacha Knop

People at the Lake Ground in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.         Picture: Sacha KnopPeople at the Lake Ground in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Picture: Sacha Knop


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