BLM in Huddersfield praised for ‘peaceful and respectful’ protest

The protesters who marched for Black Lives Matter in Huddersfield yesterday have been praised for “showing the rest of the country how it should be done”.

Over 1,500 people turned out in force for support of the BLM movement, meeting at St George’s Square and marching to Greenhead Park where they took the knee and held a minute’s silence.

The protesters wore face masks and coverings and have been praised for their display of social distancing by Yorkshire Live readers.

The Huddersfield march was held on the same day violent far-right groups clashed with police in shocking scenes in London. The atmosphere at Trafalgar Square, where right-wing extremists demonstrated has been described as “ugly”.



Protesters in St George’s Square

But in Huddersfield, protesters and residents who decided not to participate but supported the movement, were praised. The police there described their behaviour as impeccable.

One reader commented: “Absolutely brilliant turn out. Well done. Black lives matter.”

Another said: “People at the protest probably took more care and had more compassion than half the people you see walking around the supermarkets these days.”



Hundreds of protesters heading up Westgate

And while some people said social distancing had been compromised and feared the coronavirus spreading, those who were there said everyone stuck to the rules.

One woman wrote: “Nearly everyone was wearing a mask, observing social distancing as much as possible and very aware of this, and staying in their household groups.

“It was all very respectful and the police commented that the crowd were exceptionally well behaved. The organisers announced at the beginning anyone who is here to cause trouble should leave now, to a huge cheer.



Jonathan Djmba, a 24-years-old steward of the event has come over from Wakefield says: “It’s important that I have come here for reasons of equality. I’m happy with the attendance today with numbers of 200-300.”

“I found it a very emotional event, full of peace and respect.”

One man wrote: “I was working near the route and it was a huge march – biggest I have seen here.

“Everyone I saw was wearing a mask and keeping as distant as practical. No trouble and I saw a few protestors helping clean the limited amount of leftover signs too.

“Super proud of them and impressed with how sensible our local police officers were too.”



Protesters make their way from St George’s Square to Greenhead Park

Another woman wrote: “Proud to say no violence, not like London, Huddersfield people have more respect.”

While another said: “And that people of the world is how Yorkshire folk do a protest. Massively proud to call a lot of the protesters family and friends of mine xxx #BLM.”

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