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Community / Almost 50 poster pick-up points from Unst to Fair Isle for Black Lives Matter event

Joy Duncan with an event poster. Photo: Shetland News

NEARLY 50 poster pick-up points have been organised for the Shetland Staands Wi Black Lives walking event tomorrow (Saturday).

Volunteers will be on hand at each point – located from Unst to Fair Isle – between 2pm and 3pm to hand out specially made posters which people are invited to hold while on a walk in their local community.

A list of poster pick-up points.

They are invited to take photos in a bid to create a “virtual protest” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gained renewed focus in recent weeks following the death of George Floyd in the US.

Organisers said “safety is paramount and we want to completely adhere to social distancing rules”.

If anyone taking part feels like they require masks, gloves or hand sanitiser when collecting posters then they should provide it themselves.

The group added that the “protest is in your own time, of your own choosing, not necessarily on Saturday, but whenever you have a time that suits you”.

People are asked to upload photos of posters online and tag Shetland Staands Wi Black Lives Matter on Facebook, @shetlandstaands on Instagram or @SStands on Twitter.

The poster pick-up points are dotted all around Shetland, with a presence on the mainland, Unst, Yell, Fetlar, Whalsay and Fair Isle. A map of points can be found here.

A separate peaceful protest, meanwhile, organised by different people is due to take place the following Saturday (20 June).

Its organisers are now considering having a “static protest” instead of a march to allow social distancing to take place more easily.

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