Black Lives Matter protests reach Cork; unofficial march on Patrick St 

Black Lives Matter protests reach Cork; unofficial march on Patrick St 
Some of those with Black Lives Matter signs in Cork remembering George Floyd.Picture Denis Minihane.

A number of people marched on Patrick Street today in a Black Lives Matter protest.

The unofficial march follows the cancellation of an organised Black Lives Matter protest during the week.

The official protest was cancelled by organisers following what they say was pressure from Gardai and a criminal investigation into the organisers of Dublin’s Black Lives Matter protest last week which saw huge crowds in attendance.

Videos of the marching protest began to circulate around 2pm on social media.

 

Following the gathering, Cork Gardai said they had been in contact with protest organisers to “make them aware of their obligations under the Covid-19 regulations” and outlined that protests were a “potential breach in these regulations.” 

 The force also advised them of the health risk to participants and the wider community from such protests.

In a statement to The Echo, the Gardai̛ cited regulations which are in effect until 8 June 2020 and which sets out the limits on the movement of people.

“Such measures have been put in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” Gardai explained.

Gardai also outlined that the Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan and the Minister for Health Simon Harris have stated that such mass gatherings should not take place as they may pose a health risk to those taking part and those that attendees have contact with after the event.

“The COVID-19 Pandemic remains a public health crisis and An Garda Síochána continues to appeal to all citizens to comply with Public Health Guidelines and Regulations, in particular essential journeys, in order to continue to save lives.”

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