Live updates as Black Lives Matter march takes place in Portsmouth

A BLACK Lives Matter march is taking place in Portsmouth this afternoon.

Saturday, 27th June 2020, 12:21 pm
Updated Saturday, 27th June 2020, 12:21 pm

The protest has started in the city centre at the Guildhall and will be heading to Southsea.

It is expected to last for several hours.

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Dante Ellington-Grant, 21, with his girlfriend Rebecca Higgins at the BLM march in Portsmouth. Picture: David George

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Live updates as Black Lives Matter march takes place

Last updated: Saturday, 27 June, 2020, 14:07

  • BLM march is taking place in Portsmouth 
  • It is starting at the Guildhall

'Nobody is saying other people's lives don't matter'

Richie Moran, ex footballer who played for Gosport, Birmingham and Fareham Town, attended the march. 

He said: 'Nobody is saying that other people's lives don't matter, of course they do

'But throughout history and even today, our lives have not.'

Powerful speech on the common right now

A simple message from Midia Medina... 'If all lives matter, why has mine been so diminished?'

Praise for social distancing at the march this afternoon!

March has arrived at Southsea common

The crowd has arrived at Southsea Common - a handful of people are due to few words shortly.

'It's amazing that we have so many people here supporting us'

Amanda Bartlett, left, is campaigning today alongside her granddaughter Malaika, age 10. Amanda said: 'It's amazing that we have so many people here supporting us - and I'm grateful that my granddaughter can experience this. It would never have happened when I was a child.'

Watch our Facebook Live from the BLM march

Some of the signs on display at the march

Kate Rouse and Lara Ferreira with their placards

Racism in the UK is ' just as big a problem' as in the United States

Midia Medina, right, says racism is just as big a problem here as in the USA, because its more subtle and 'more dangerous'. 

The 27-year-old from Fratton said: 'There was a job I started a few years back - we had a meeting first thing and someone asked if I would rather be called a person of colour or a n***. I told them they should just call be by my name... I wasn't in that job for long.'

The march is now under way

'It's not enough to just not be racist anymore'

Dante Ellington-Grant, 21, is at the protest with girlfriend Rebecca Higgins. 

He said: 'I've experienced racism all my life. It's not enough to just not be racist anymore - silence won't get us anywhere.'

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