With communities in the United States continuing to reel from the spate of senseless violence which has played out across the country in recent weeks, the Black Lives Matter movement is gaining ever more momentum.
Eager to support the cause and highlight the importance of solidarity, the Anti Racism Network Ireland and the Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland have organised a demonstration in Dublin's city centre this evening.
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) July 8, 2016
Taking place at the Spire on O' Connell Street at 6.30pm, the organisations have requested the support of those who condemn the 'horrific acts of violence' which have taken place in the States in recent weeks.
"We condemn the horrific acts of violence perpetrated on a daily basis by US law enforcement against Black bodies," they wrote in a Facebook post last night.
"It is clear then that a Black person’s mere existence still represents a threat worthy of extermination, as evidenced by the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Miriam Carey, Tanisha Anderson…"
We should not have to jump through hoops to prove black people shouldn't be shot by police during routine traffic stops.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) July 7, 2016
"We therefore stand in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement in the US and their struggle against deeply ingrained institutional racial prejudice, but also against the international system of white supremacy," they added.
Those who wish to attend the demonstration this evening have been encouraged to bring placards and banners outlining their support for the movement.