Black Lives Matter activists march in Canterbury and Thanet

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Thousands of protesters supporting the Black Lives Matter movement march through Kent this afternoon.They are held in Canterbury and Thanet to raise awareness of racial discrimination.

Protesters in Canterbury today. Picture: Robert Rotifer

The event in Canterbury started at noon today and organizers say social distancing is essential.

Participants were asked to wear masks, stay two metres apart and walk in groups of six.

It began at Westgate Gardens, moving across the city to Canterbury Cathedral, then Dane John Gardens and finally to Canterbury Police Station.

The Bishop of Dover will be present to show his support for the cause.

Black Lives Matter protesters in Canterbury Photo: Toby Killeen 'src'/_media/img/ 'data-path'
Black Lives Matter protesters in Canterbury Photo: Toby Killeen

After a march from Cliftonville to Margate last weekend, People Dem Collective organized another one today that started at noon.

Activists will march from the Ramsgate Bandstand to the Broadstairs Bandstand.

People were told to wear masks and follow social guidelines on distance.

Black Lives Matter protesters in Canterbury Photo: Toby Killeen 'src'/_media/img/' data-path
Black Lives Matter protesters in Canterbury Photo: Toby Killeen

There is a “non-alcohol and drug” policy – and people have been advised to “stay calm, collected and respectful of others.”

Thanet District Council also covered Uncle Mack’s controversial plaque – erected in memory of a troupe that performed in black paint like meestrels in places across Broadstairs between 1895 and 1948.

When they arrive at Broadstairs, they kneel for exactly eight minutes 46 seconds in silence.

A spokesperson for People Dem Collective said: “Today was the definition of unity. The number of people from here and surrounding areas, young and old and people of all colors together as one.

“It was beautiful to witness, to be a part and to organize.

“The movement will continue and we, the dem people will create change.”

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