Pictures: Black Lives Matter campaigners demonstrate at scene of racist attack in York

Taking the knee amid the grasses of Hob Moor. Photograph: jtu_photography
18 Jun 2020 @ 8.34 pm
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Many campaigners, young and old, gathered for the latest Black Lives Matter – in the safety of a York nature reserve.

The large open spaces of Hob Moor meant that organisers didn’t have to restrict numbers for the vigil last night (Wednesday) – as there was plenty of room to social distance.

It was also chosen because it was the location of a racist attack on a man who was walking his dog on the moor the week before. A woman has been arrested and bailed by police investigating the incident.

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People took the knee in silence amid the high grassland, as well as listened to some impassioned speeches.

It was the latest in a series of impressive Black Lives Matter events organised by York Stand Up To Racism, part of the worldwide response to the killing of George Floyd by US police officers.

Campaigners changed “I Can’t Breathe” and “I Want Justice”.

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One speaker referred to the racist attack on Hob Moor.

“This happened here. Not just in York but on this field eight days ago,” he said.

“We took the knee tonight to say black lives matter in solidarity with George Floyd and all black people.

“We have to stand up to all forms of racism. So when black people are attacked – we protest.

“When Jewish people are attacked – we protest. When Asian people are attacked – we protest.

“When Muslims, when refugees, when Irish people – whoever, are attacked we protest. And we stamp it out of our society.”

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