Black Lives Matter protest held in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 12:16 15 June 2020 | UPDATED: 12:16 15 June 2020

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

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A peaceful Black Lives Matter protest was held in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday.

Carmen Richards speaking at the Black Lives Matter protest in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakCarmen Richards speaking at the Black Lives Matter protest in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

Hundreds of people gathered on the grass outside Campus West as part of an international protest movement following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Carmen Richards, who lives in St Albans but was born in Welwyn Garden City, read a poem she had written about racism, which culminated in the lines ‘So let us stick together, and please don’t scatter/ We are here for an important cause: Black Lives Matter’.

Protesters displayed homemade placards declaring ‘Silence is violence’, ‘The UK isn’t innocent’, ‘Justice for Grenfell’ and more.

Following speeches, the crowd ‘took a knee’ for eight minutes and 46 seconds – the length of time it took for George Floyd to die.

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

Protesters wore masks and maintained social distancing throughout.

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

Former WHT reporter Sophie Blackman at the Black Lives Matter protest in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakFormer WHT reporter Sophie Blackman at the Black Lives Matter protest in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak

A Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne SuslakA Black Lives Matter protest was held outside Campus West in Welwyn Garden City. Picture: Anne Suslak


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