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IDLES promote virtual protest in support of Black Lives Matter


Bristol punks IDLES are directing their fans to an online protest in support of Black Lives Matter.

With mass protests lining the streets the world over in response to the death of George Floyd, a Zoom meeting has been set up to run from 2pm on June 7th for those unable to head outside to show their support.

“The murder of George Floyd by white police officers in Minneapolis on May 25th has sparked a wave of protest across the globe,” IDLES said in a statement issued on social media. “This weekend black communities and their allies are standing in solidarity to demand justice and fight the institutional racism that black people face on a daily basis.”

The band added: “Black Lives do, have, and always will matter.”

“COVID-19 makes demonstrating harder. Many people who want to join protests are key workers, immunocompromised, live with elderly people, or simply want to avoid crowds of people for their own safety. But it also makes taking a stand more important; another example of the institutional bias has been that twice as many black people have died from COVID-19.

“So to ensure everyone can make their voices heard in the London protest on Sunday June 7th, Black Lives Matter have created a virtual protest via Zoom where up to 100,000 people will join, with footage broadcast live from the protest, virtual protesters adding their voice to the crowd and speeches from a range of activists. Enabling people to share vital information and resources with each one another while standing in solidarity.
Together, our voices will be heard. Black Lives do, have, and always will Matter.”

See the full information below and find a link to the Zoom meeting, here.