The government has confirmed that social distancing guidelines will remain in place for now, just not for Black Lives Matter protesters because they’re different.
Under current restrictions, large gatherings are not allowed however a large gathering was allowed in Dublin last week as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the US Embassy while Gardaí watched on.
Chief Medical Officer Dr. Tony Holohan said attending such events poses ‘a risk to life’ and footage of the protest and subsequent protests shows all social distancing guidelines went out the window.
At the protest the crowd chanted the name of George Floyd, the black man horrifically killed by a white police officer in the US city of Minneapolis. Mr. Floyd was in prison five times and once held a gun to the stomach of a pregnant woman while robbing her house with his friends but he is now immortalised on wall murals in Tallaght in Dublin and on the Falls Road in Belfast.
Dublin’s Black Lives Matter protest organiser Fortune Koelo said anyone who thinks they shouldn’t be gathering in large groups is racist.
“It’s not important if we spread a second wave of coronavirus in this country. What’s important is we protest about something that happened in another country. Get your priorities right racists.”