Black Lives Matter peaceful protest to be held in Ipswich this weekend
PUBLISHED: 20:29 02 June 2020 | UPDATED: 16:47 03 June 2020
A Black Lives Matter protest is to be held in Ipswich this weekend in the wake of global protests over the death of unarmed George Floyd in America.
The incident in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday, May 25 has triggered a surge of support for the race equality movement.
Ipswich dental nurse Sheila Barbosa has therefore organised a peaceful protest to go ahead on Saturday outside Ipswich Town Hall and Corn Exchange.
“This is a human race matter,” the 34-year-old said. “The protest is against racism and we want to be able to walk free – black people want to be free.
“We should all be doing this, we should come together as people for the good of the human race.
“We don’t hear about black police officers killing white people, so it is just black people who are being killed. We feel threatened.”
Hundreds of people are expected attend the protest, which is happening between 2pm and 6pm, and there will be roughly seven guest speakers throughout the day.
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Miss Barbosa, who was born in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, is urging protesters to comply with Covid-19 government regulations by adhering to social distancing during the event and wearing face masks.
The Portuguese national has lived in Ipswich for 13 years and added: “This is a problem not just in America. Just because we haven’t seen this in Suffolk doesn’t mean we don’t need to do this.
“We need to do this before anything happens – not afterwards because it happened.”
Former mayor of Ipswich Glen Chisholm has also spoken up about the importance of the equality movement after experiencing racism and prejudice growing up in Ipswich.
He wrote in an article for this newspaper: “While we may not be able to change what’s happening in America, we can change what’s happening in our own backyard.
“We can listen and try to understand each other and try to work together to stop the spread of hate and prejudice.”
Miss Barbosa has recently dedicated time to her photography business and is launching a powerful project exploring a concept where white people are pictured as the subjugated race.
She is planning on constructing images of reversed segregation with white and black models and is actively recruiting for it now on her Instagram account, @zoomphoto4u
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