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Black Lives Matter protestors hold demonstration in Diss




Black Lives Matter protesters lined the road in Diss this week, holding up placards to demonstrate against racism and police brutality.

11 demonstrators – aged from 18 to 80 – formed alongside the A1066 between Diss and Roydon, holding placards that read “Black lives matter” and “White silence equals compliance” on Sunday.

Protesters, sporting face masks and observing two-metre social distancing rules, also knelt down on the wet grass alongside the road for eight minutes and 40 seconds – in tribute to George Floyd, a black man who was killed by the police in the United States after being knelt on for the same amount of time a little over a fortnight ago.

Protestors formed alongside the A1066. (36468603)
Protestors formed alongside the A1066. (36468603)

Jane Jennifer, who organised the event, said that it was important for communities such as Diss to “stand in solidarity with the bigger protests that are going on in the cities,” after discovering that a similar event was going ahead in Norwich.

She said: “As soon as I heard about what was happening in Norwich, I sent out a call for a local protest to happen at the same time – that very afternoon in Diss.

“It was organised with very little notice, and we had to get the signs made very quickly, but people where really appreciative to take part in an act of solidarity.

Placards read "Black Lives Matter" and "White silence equals compliance." (36468612)
Placards read "Black Lives Matter" and "White silence equals compliance." (36468612)

“It’s really important that even in the rural areas in the UK that we stand in solidarity with the bigger protests that are going on in the cities.

“I don’t think that in places like Diss we see the injustice that we see in urban environments, but it still doesn’t feel right, and it’s time that something constructive was done about it.”

The local Labour Party activist, from Brewers Green in Roydon, said that the response from motorists had been overwhelmingly positive.

“There were lots of them giving thumbs up, waving, and a whole lot of honking of horns, and not in a negative way,” she said.

“I only saw one negative response from a driver, who had made a gesture and was shaking his
head.”


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