A Black Lives Matter solidarity protest, which was due to be held in Dublin next Monday, has been cancelled.

In a post on Twitter today, the organisers said that following recent correspondence with An Garda Síochána they "have been forced to cancel" the planned protest outside the US Embassy. 

The demonstration was due to be held between 2pm and 4pm. 

The development comes after widespread criticism of the decision to hold protest marches in Dublin city over last weekend during the Covid-19 restrictions. 

One demonstration saw thousands of people gather in the city centre and march to the US Embassy. 

Following the event, gardaí said they would be investigating potential breaches of Covid-19 regulations amid concerns over social distancing. 

The protest was one of many held around the world following the death of American man George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Black Live Matters Protest said, "The safety and legality of the protest for all those involved (and, by extension, the wider population) was our foremost concern when organising and ultimately our motivation for canceling. 

"We are investigating potential online actions that can be taken while we wait for Covid-19 regulations to lift." 

Meanwhile, speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime programme, People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith said the solidarity shown by people protesting in Dublin last Monday should not be censored, as they are careful to obey Covid-19 guidelines.

The Dublin South Central TD had attended the Black Lives Matter protest in the city centre earlier this week.

She said people who are protesting must adhere to health guidelines.

"They must be masking up, and they must be asked to spread out.

"The young people of Ireland have shown solidarity and I don't think that expression should be censored as long as they are careful to obey health protocols."

She said she would not encourage people to travel outside 20km from their home, but she added, "This is an international rebellion and it is impossible to quell that sentiment."