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Barbados Demonstrators Show Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement

A small group of protesters voiced their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and for other matters on Saturday when they converged in front of the United States Embassy in Barbados.

The peaceful protest at the Wildey, St. Michael, location was organized by the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration. It came on the heels of last month’s march and rally in Bridgetown, which was also in support of the BLM movement, the Barbados Advocate reported on July 5.

The protest action, which was slated to run from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., was supported by the Caribbean Against Apartheid in Palestine, whose representatives were in attendance.

David Denny, General Secretary of the Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration, said the date for the protest was strategically selected because it is the Independence Day for the United States of America. He stated the day’s action was not only staged to express continued solidarity with the BLM movement in the USA, but to “stand in solidarity with the government and the people of Venezuela and to fight against any military war against Venezuela.” He further said it was to stand in solidarity with “the people of Palestine who are going through some very tough times and periods and we also want to condemn the United States of America and Israel for its action against the Palestine people.”

Though the turnout was small, Denny said the event gave attendees “the opportunity to express their true feelings with the protest action.”

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