Bristol in England will light up the city’s main civic building purple tonight as a mark of unity with the city of Minneapolis, and other communities across the United States.
The Mayor Marvin Rees urged people in the city to join together in the worldwide condemnation of the death of community worker George Floyd, who was suffocated to death by a policeman, who has since been charged with murder.
Cities across the US are erupting in protest, and meeting tear gas and rubber bullets from riot police.
In Bristol, a Black Lives Matter march is planned for later this week, and the city’s mayor has said he was proud to show support to the communities affected in the US.
The Mayor called on people to join together in the worldwide condemnation of Floyd’s death by standing against inequality when they see it.
“People are hurt and people are angry,” said Mr Rees, who was Europe’s first directly-elected city mayor of African heritage when he took office in 2016.
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“I feel their pain and I share their outrage. What happened to George Floyd and so many others like him shows we still have so far to go in the fight for equality.
“The current pandemic has shown certain communities have been further disadvantaged by Covid-19, and this is unacceptable.
“However the huge efforts by volunteers has also shown that Bristolians are generous and caring and look out for each other in the face of uncertainty. Please don’t forget the kindness you have shown each other over the past few months, as we work together to recover.
“We are proud to show solidarity with other cities by lighting up City Hall.
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“If you are also planning to participate in marches and protests, I would urge you to please take extra precautions to protect yourself from the risk of Covid-19 and people in the communities you are standing up for,” he added.
City Hall, the main council headquarters on College Green, will be lit up purple for three hours from 8pm to 11pm tonight, Tuesday, June 2.
Bristol’s deputy mayor, Asher Craig, added: “As a city we stand against racism and inequality and are joining other cities to show our unity with the needless death of George Floyd.
“We are working hard to build mixed communities that look out for each other, and work together to make sure every child growing up in Bristol has the same life chances as the next. Every person in the city can play a role in this and in tackling injustice,” she added.