PEOPLE across the globe have been protesting in support of Black Lives Matter movement – and Slough will be joining in.

A peaceful demonstration is to take place on Saturday, June 13, at Salt Hill Park from 2-5pm.

Internationally, protesters have been taking a stand against systemic racism following the death of the 46-year-old African American George Floyd – who died in the custody of officer Derek Chauvin after he knelt on his neck despite Mr Floyd being handcuffed and shouting out he couldn’t breathe.

He had been reported for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes.

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An eight-minute 46 second silence will take place, reflecting how long the officer knelt on his neck for.

Protests have been held across the country in the past week as well as across America, Australia and several other countries.

Guest speakers will be at the Slough protest speaking out against racism and there will be a few performances such as Rastas on drums to build a positive energy.

The organisers of the event, who are three local black women, are urging people who are coming to join the movement to adhere to social distancing measures.

One of the women, who is a social worker, said: "We are tired of the injustice and the oppression that's facing black people - not just in the US but in the UK also and we want to make a change." 

She added: "The only way we can get change is if everybody is onboard."

Slough MP Tan Dhesi has requested those attending the protest at Salt Hill Park to be mindful of social distancing measures and to wear masks and gloves to try and reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

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He said: “We need to be mindful that we are in the middle of dealing with a pandemic.

“A lot of individuals are feeling very angry and feeling that there needs to be change – but there are other ways also that people can make that change either through social media or by writing to their member of parliament or local councillors.

“We can make that change through our own statements and putting pressure on our elected representatives to making similar statements – but if people are still feeling compelled that they want to attend a protest, then I would strongly suggest and request individuals is that they respect social distancing aspects and wear masks and gloves.”