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BLM march in Hamilton to attract 1,000 people

Up to 1,000 people are expected to march through Hamilton tomorrow in a demonstration in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Chief Inspector Jerome Laws, in charge of policing the event, said the protest, organised by Social Justice Bermuda, was expected to cause some traffic problems.

He added: “The organisers have stated this will be a peaceful protest and that antisocial behaviour, violence, or damage will not be tolerated by protesters and if necessary they will ask the police to intervene.

“We are working with our partners in the City of Hamilton to make this a safe event for all, including the protesters, onlookers and members of the public who are going about their daily routine.”

Mr Laws added: “We advise members of the public who will be attending the area of the protest, that there will be traffic disruptions during the march and road users are to consider alternative routes whilst travelling in the city.”

He said parish constables and traffic police would be deployed for the event.

Crowds are expected to gather at Barr's Bay Park on Pitts Bay Road from 4pm and the march is scheduled to start at 4.30pm.

It will take a route up Bermudiana Road and on to Church Street, with a brief stop for a speech at the When Voices Rise memorial to the 1959 Theatre Boycott.

Marchers will travel along Church Street on to Parliament Street and stop at the statue of Sally Bassett, an enslaved woman burnt at the stake, in the grounds of Cabinet Office on Front Street for another speech.

Demonstrators will return along Front Street to Barr's Bay Park.

March for justice: The flyer for a march in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in Hamilton tomorrow (File photograph)

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Published June 12, 2020 at 4:52 pm (Updated June 12, 2020 at 4:52 pm)

BLM march in Hamilton to attract 1,000 people

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