Black Lives Matter: Nicola Sturgeon urges public not to attend protests

The First Minister stressed any mass gathering risked spreading Covid-19.

Sunday, 7th June 2020, 11:24 am
Updated Sunday, 7th June 2020, 11:35 am

Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scotland not to come out today to attend mass protests through the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The First Minister called on Scots to ‘make your voice heard’ in support of the anti-racist movement, but not through mass gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.

She urged people to instead take part in an online protest tonight at 6pm, led by the Scottish Trades Union Congress.

“Right now, mass gatherings risk spreading #COVID19 so please protest in other ways,” she said.

Protests in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement have sprung up across the world, with thousands of people converging on Parliament Square in London yesterday – with no social distancing in place.

Thousands of people are expected to protest today across Scotland. Picture: Tom Maddick/SWNS