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Norwich councillors urge Government to support BLM protestors adding "we cannot be complicit in being silent"

Green Party councillor Nannette Youssef has said people in Norwich are "horrified" by the events in the US. Picture credits: Norwich Green Party

Green Party councillors in Norwich have called on the Government to end the sales of teargas, riot shields and rubber bullets to the US, over fears they could be used violently to suppress Black Lives Matter (BLM) protestors.

Writing to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, the councillors said that the UK still needs to do far more to tackle racial inequalities.

The Greens also point to a recent Public Health England report that shows Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people are twice as likely to die, which they say is partially because of the inequality in access to housing and the high number of BAME people in key worker jobs.

The BLM movement is in response to the death of the unarmed George Lloyd who died while in police custody in Minnesota, which has since sparked widespread protests across the United States.

It's also spread overseas to the UK where there was a large-scale demonstration in Hyde Park, London yesterday (03/06/20).

An online protest is due to take place in Norwich on Sunday 7 June too.

Green Party Councillor Nannette Youssef said:

“People in Norwich are horrified by what is happening in America, and we need to demonstrate strongly that violence and discrimination against people of another colour or nationality is unacceptable. 

“At the same time as police are killing black protestors, black and brown people in the UK are being forced onto the frontline of coronavirus by our Government without protection.

"Yet our Government has failed to respond to the deaths at home as well as abroad. We cannot be complicit in being silent.”

 

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