June 16, 2020 10.14 am This story is over 48 months old

800 people set to join second Lincoln Black Lives Matter protest

Looks set to be even bigger than the first

By Local Democracy Reporter

Lincoln’s second Black Lives Matter protest looks to be even bigger than the first, but with a stronger focus on social distancing.

Almost 500 people turned up to the first event on June 4, but the numbers are expected to grow for the next one.

As it stands, almost 300 people have confirmed attendance, with a further 500 saying they are ‘interested’ on the Facebook event.

In addition, sunny weather and 21℃ are forecast for the day, so more people could join.

The second date was picked in order to cater for worries about the spread of COVID-19, waiting two weeks between the events.

Protestors will begin at University of Lincoln library at 5pm, marching uphill to the Cathedral again.

Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Social distancing is being made compulsory, with plans to lay out floor markings at the cathedral meeting point being made.

People are also being asked to dress in red and black colours, alongside their PPE, in honour of the movement and to show their support.

In response to the recent riots and civil unrest across the globe, organisers have said there will be zero tolerance to criminal damage and disorderly behaviour.

As of yet, there is no sign of a counter protest being organised like there was in Cleethorpes on Saturday, minimising the risk of violence.

A full itinerary and schedule will be announced this week, according to the Black Lives Matter Lincoln group.