Hundreds gather in Cheltenham to demand Black Lives Matter

Written by: Andrew Merrell | Posted 10 June 2020 8:00

Hundreds gather in Cheltenham to demand Black Lives Matter

Hundreds gathered in Cheltenham to show solidarity with what has become a world-wide protest under the banner Black Lives Matter and the gathering was captured by Paul Nicholls, one of Gloucestershire's best known photographers.

Protesters are part of a now global stand following the death of 46-year-old father George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis on May 25.

His death, filmed on a mobile phone and shown around world, sparked widespread anger and protests in the United States of America and led to rioting and violence on the streets of many of the country's major cities.

Similar demonstrations have also taken place in London and other cities and towns across the UK.

Cheltenham's gathering, organised by Shekinah Swamba, stressed from the off it would be a peaceful protest and that turned out to be the case.

In Bristol at the weekend the toppling of the statue of wealthy slave trader Edward Colson led to nationwide coverage and started a discussion which has since led to the removal of another statue, this time in London, celebrating the life of 18th Century slave owner Robert Milligan.

In Oxford an estimated 1,000 demonstrators gathered in peaceful protest to demand the removal of the statue of Cecil Rhodes, a 19th Century imperialist.

To see more of Paul Nicholls work visit Paul Nicholls Photography.