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Community / Anti-racism protest walk held in Lerwick

Event organiser Mae Jamieson. All photos: Chris Cope/Shetland News

A SECOND local protest in support of the global Black Lives Matter movement got underway at midday in Lerwick.

People were encouraged to walk anti-clockwise around the Clickimin Loch in Lerwick today (20 June) between 12pm and 4pm, keeping to social distancing rules, and they could come and go as they please.

Lisa Ward (left) and Craig Birnie (right).

It came after the Shetland Staands wi Black Lives Matter ‘virtual protest’ held last Saturday, which saw a host of people across the isles take part by displaying posters and going on walks in their local communities.

The latest protest was separate to that event and is organised by Sullom teenager Mae Jamieson.

A table was located in front of the gate to Clickimin Broch where there were masks, hand sanitiser and gloves.

Due to current restrictions there was no gathering point, with people invited to join the anti-clockwise route around the loch wherever they pleased.

Shortly after midday there was a steady stream of folk with banners walking along the route, with some cars also beeping horns in support.

Jamieson said the day went “amazingly well” – with an estimated 200 people taking part.

She previously said she was “horrified” when she watched the video showing the arrest of George Floyd and felt she had to do something locally to express her solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.