Hundreds expected at Black Lives Matter rally in Sheffield

A Black Lives Matter protester in London in 2014. Pic: PA
A Black Lives Matter protester in London in 2014. Pic: PA

Hundreds of people are expected to take part in a Black Lives Matter peace march through Sheffield next week.

Almost 1,000 people have indicated on Facebook they will participate in the rally against ‘racism and injustice in America’ next Friday following ongoing police shootings of black men. More than 140 black people have been killed by police in the US so far this year.

The aim of the event is to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.

Protesters intend to gather at Devonshire Green from 4.30pm, setting off on a march through the city centre from around 5.30pm before a rally is held in Barker’s Pool. The event is taking place at the same time as the Tramlines festival and organisers have agreed the route with police.

A spokesman said: “This is a rally to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and to simply show that we, in Sheffield, are aware of the racism and injustice in America. It is also an acknowledgment of the work that still needs to be done in the UK regarding race relations, including problems that have been reignited by the refugee crisis and the recent EU referendum. Everyone is welcome, but the message is Black Love and Black Power.”

Police say they are aware of the rally and appropriate plans are in place.