June 19, 2020 1.32 pm This story is over 48 months old

Lincoln NHS staff stand with Black Lives Matter

“We stand with you” is the NHS message

By Local Democracy Reporter

Key workers in Lincoln have sent video messages supporting the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of the second protest taking place in the city on Saturday.

Lincoln’s first Black Lives Matter protest took place on June 4, with hundreds in attendance to rally against racial injustice.

A second protest is set to take place on Saturday, marching from the university library on Brayford Pool to Lincoln Cathedral from 5pm.

To show support for the protests and the movement, frontline NHS staff in Lincoln have shared video messages for those involved in Black Lives Matter.

A message of “I stand with you” is read out by each person in the video, supporting the some 800 people expected to be at the protest this weekend.

Fears of a second wave of coronavirus as a result of these marches did not materialise more than two weeks after the first protest in the city was attended by a crowd of over 500 people.

Lincolnshire health officials urged protestors to stick to COVID-19 guidelines, and the event appears to be taking it seriously.

Two meter floor markings are being planned around the meeting point at the cathedral, as well as distributing and encouraging PPE to people.

There will also be a police presence there to ensure things remain peaceful, and that no counter-protesters get involved, but officers are confident of proceedings staying calm.

Police won’t want a repeat of the incidents at the Cleethorpes march, where a group of counter-protestors were pepper sprayed when causing trouble.

A statement regarding the full itinerary of Saturday’s protest is expected to be brought out later today (Friday).