Black Lives Matter in Luton - 'We share the horror and revulsion following George Floyd's death'

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Luton Borough Council leader Hazel Simmons MBE has released a statement following the death of George Floyd in police custody in America.

Cllr Simmons said: "Here in Luton we share the horror and revulsion that has swept the world following George Floyd’s untimely death.

"It is our hope that justice will prevail and from this dreadful tragedy, long lasting wrongs and prejudices will be firmly and permanently laid aside.

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"It has been inspiring to see so many people of all ages, genders, races, religions and backgrounds quietly and bravely show that Black Lives Matter and we trust this will be a real turning point not just in America, but throughout the whole world.

"Yet at the same time the increase in unrest and violence across the US has left us with a further sense of sadness as we see a widening of the distress and disruption to so many lives.

"Our thoughts are with those affected by the dreadful situation and we stand behind all those working to restore peace to the many battered communities.

"Like any multi-cultural town, Luton draws strength from and faces challenges to its diverse community. Through the powerful work of Luton in Harmony we constantly strive to demonstrate to the world that in our differences lie strength and hope; we will always resist to the utmost any individual, group or institution that seeks to divide, disrupt and stir hatred.

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"It is only right, when injustices are felt so strongly that many will wish to engage in peaceful demonstrations such as those we have seen around the world. Please can I encourage anyone who plans to attend a demonstration to stick to social distancing guidelines, take protective masks, gloves and hand washing gel as we are still in the middle of a deadly pandemic?

"For those of you who use social media, this a really powerful platform to show solidarity with George Floyd’s family and help be part of making the change the world so desperately needs through the Black Lives Matter movement."

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