15 June 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The simple hand-crafted poster summed up the intent: “We stand 2m apart united against racism.” The strict adherence to social distancing and other Covid-19 protocols embraced by Saturday’s anti-racism rally in McNally’s car-park in the centre of Monaghan Town did not detract from the determination of the roughly 250 people present to add their voices to the global clamour for racial justice sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota on May 25.

Organisers defended their decision to proceed with the event – one of a number held throughout Ireland on Saturday – in the current pandemic by pointing out that all required precautions would be observed and emphasising the importance of giving local people a platform from which to express solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement which has drawn momentum from the worldwide public revulsion at the circumstances of Mr Floyd’s death while being arrested.

Organised by an affiliation of young and concerned local people (and not by the residents of the St Patrick’s Accommodation Centre for asylum seekers in Monaghan Town as originally publicised), the event conformed to the urgings of local Gardaí that the stipulations of Government regulations and health guidance be strictly observed. The relatively few participants who arrived without face coverings….

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