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Surrey Police respond to Black Lives Matter protest in Guildford

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Surrey Police respond to Black Lives Matter protest in Guildford

Published at 5:05pm 10th June 2020.

Surrey Police has responded to the Black Lives Matter protest which took place in Guildford today (10 June).

Demonstrators marched to Stoke Park this afternoon and laid on the ground in memory of unarmed black man George Floyd, who died during an arrest in America.

But, the protest attracted criticism on social media, with people commenting on the alleged lack of social distancing.

Superintendent Juliet Parker has thanked protesters for their "dignified approach" to this event: 

"We fully support the right to protest peacefully but, during the current pandemic, this right has to be balanced with the new public health regulations. 

"We have continued our policing approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging people to follow the health guidance. 

"We have been speaking to community groups from all backgrounds ahead of any potential protest activity to understand any concerns that they may have. 

"This is an ongoing dialogue involving borough commanders and community leaders to ensure that we can address any issues raised to us. 

"Officers were present at the peaceful protest in Guildford with no incidents or reports made to us. 

"As always, our over-riding aim is to protect and keep people safe across Surrey."

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