BUILDINGS around the UK have turned purple this week to honour the memory of George Floyd, whose killing in police custody has sparked protests in the United States. Carmarthenshire Labour submitted a request for County Hall to join the movement.
Mr Floyd, 46, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota, when a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, sparking days of protests in cities across the country and overseas.
Cllr Fozia Akhtar, Carmarthenshire Council’s joint first BAME Councillor, welcomed the news stating “We were keen to show our solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement and mark the tragic events surrounding George Floyd.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has also highlighted many of the structural barriers facing BAME communities currently, with many refugees facing financial difficulties right now and experiencing difficulties accessing support.
“We need to ensure that we break down all barriers and create a truly equal society.”
Cllr Rob James, Opposition Leader, said “We thank the administration for accepting the request from Carmarthenshire Labour to show our solidarity to all those fighting against racism in our county and around the world.
“The barbaric actions that caused the death of George Parker has shocked us all; and we must never allow ourselves to become desensitised to racism and call it out wherever we see it.”