Rapper and anti-racism rally organiser JYellowL has said he will be self-isolating for two weeks following concerns about social distancing at the Black Lives Matter solidarity protest in Dublin city centre on Monday and has urged all those who were present to do the same.
Thousands of people marched from the GPO on O'Connell Street to the US Embassy in Ballsbridge in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week.
Under current Covid-19 restrictions, large gatherings are not allowed and social distancing should be maintained at all times. Gardaí have said they are investigating a potential breach of Covid-19 regulations during Monday's protest.
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In a statement issued on Wednesday, JYellowL said he did not expect so many people to attend the protest and thanked all those who had taken part.
"Ireland stood in solidarity to show that black lives matter," he said.
"Thank you to all the absolute royalty that made it possible. From the people who marched with us to the Gardaí who cooperatively worked with us to facilitate a peaceful demonstration of solidarity. We were all overwhelmed by the turnout.
"I thought 100 people in attendance would've been ambitious but we've shown that we're connected through joy in the good times and through pain in the difficult times. Both times love is manifested through the power of unity. Our love and support is extended to our brothers and sisters in the US and across the world who need it.
"Our togetherness in diversity is something to be celebrated and we've shown that we're committed to not only being: Not a racist country but an ANTI - RACIST country. This was a proud day for us.
"The step we need to take now is one of education, not one-sided but all-sided. Let's keep the discussion open and spread understanding. Encourage uncomfortable dialogue without alienation so we can maintain and spread this unity.
"I'll be self-isolating for the next two weeks and I urge everyone who was present to do the same and for anyone looking to engage with other organised protests to do the same but also to take precautionary action.
"Let's push on from here, we are in the process of change and growth."
In a post on Twitter on Wednesday, the organisers said that following recent correspondence with An Garda Síochána they "have been forced to cancel" the planned protest outside the US Embassy in Dublin.
Following recent correspondence with An Garda Siochana we have been forced to CANCEL the protest on Monday 8th June, outside the US Embassy. We must also ask you NOT TO ATTEND ANY PROTESTS in an attempt to protect organisers from potential prosecution. PLEASE SHARE.— Black Lives Matter Solidarity Protest (Dublin, IE) (@blmprotestdub) June 3, 2020