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Black Lives Matter protest planned in Kamloops

FILE PHOTO - Protesters hold signs and walk past a line of police in downtown Columbus, Ohio, Thursday, May 28, 2020, during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in police custody Monday in Minneapolis.
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June 01, 2020 - 12:10 PM

The death of a black man at the hands of a white police officer in Minneapolis last week has sparked violence and protests in the U.S. and across the globe, and this week some Kamloops residents will be joining the movement with a local protest.

An advocacy group has been created on Instagram to promote the protest, which will take place in Riverside Park at noon on June 4.

Organizers stated the protest will honour George Floyd, and other people of colour who have lost their lives including Regis Korchinsky-Paquet in Toronto, which is currently being probed by the province's police watchdog. The 29-year-old fell from the balcony of a 24th-floor apartment while police were in the home.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Amanda Gosen of Kamloops, who plans on attending the protest, hopes others will keep social distancing in mind and stay home if they're sick.

"Distancing ourselves is still very important," Gosen said. "I would hope that people will remember that they are there to make positive changes, which will not happen if there are negative actions."

Organizers of the Kamloops protest have also stressed participants should remain apart and bring face masks.

If flooding is an issue in Riverside Park, the protest will be held in Prince Charles Park. 

iNFOnews.ca reached out to the Kamloops protest organizers for comment and is awaiting response.

A Black Lives Matter rally is also set to take place in Kelowna June 5.


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