Post by Lancashire Lass on Jun 4, 2020 15:19:35 GMT
It is all madness! I’m with the protesters but not with those who choose to cause mayhem. Peaceful protesting has so much more meaning. Doesn’t help with all the guns I suppose. Police must be more worried about being attacked there than in the U.K. I saw some awful attacks on reporters on the BBC news including that on a BBC cameraman. Unprovoked and by the US police. I was shocked.
I saw the pictures of the protesters in London. Massive crowds all crammed together. Are they mad?
I read an article recently on how most people will only infect maybe one or two others but a small percentage of infected people become superspreaders and each of them will probably pass it on to many people. They don’t know who they are and it’s not their fault. They may even be asymptomatic which makes it worse.
My son is attending the protest in London today, I totally understand his reason and I knew there was no point in trying to persuade him not to go, so just asked him to make sure he wears a mask and of course I am going to worry about him catching the virus but at 27 you are unlikely to abandon your principles just because your mum tells you not to do something (he doesn't live at home, he lives in a shared house and he is going with his housemates). Timing is everything in life, this demonstration is a direct reaction to what happened to George Floyd so holding it in 12 months time when (hopefully!) this pandemic is behind us just wouldn't have the same impact.
I am really hoping that it doesn't turn nasty today, yesterday a small percentage of the demonstrators went ready for a fight - you don't carry fireworks unless you plan to use them - and I was sorry to hear that members of the police force and a horse got injured (it's hypocrisy in my book to aim to injure people while trying to draw attention to someone else being violently killed) but it's a complex issue and I support the right to peaceful protest (just wish it wasn't right now!)