Council statement on Black Lives Matter 8 June 2020
Hastings Borough Council stands in solidarity with protesters in America
On 25 May 2020, George Floyd, a Black man, died when a white police officer pressed his knee to Mr Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes while he was handcuffed face down on the ground.
George Floyd's death has sparked global demonstrations and protests against racism and police brutality.
The council has turned the lights in Bottle Alley purple in support for the BlackLivesMatter movement.
Councillor Kim Forward, Leader of the Council has also issued this statement:
"We stand in solidarity with people of colour who have died after contact with the justice system and in support for everyone protesting for equal rights in America and across the world.
"I am deeply saddened at the recent killing of George Floyd in America and the circumstances surrounding his death. The impact of this tragedy goes far beyond the United States, with sorrow, anger and despair being felt across the entire world, including here in Hastings.
"Racism has absolutely no place in our society and it is important that we all stand up and challenge every form of discrimination and injustice. Hastings is a 'City of Sanctuary' and a town where people from many different backgrounds care for one another and share in each other's successes and struggles and we are proud to say we are One Hastings, Many Voices."