Denbighshire to show solidarity with BLM

Some of Denbighshire's most iconic landmarks will be flooded in purple lights in solidarity with those campaigning for equality for black and ethnic minority people and the Black Lives Matter campaign.

The proposal was put forward by the Plaid Cymru group on Denbighshire County Council and supported by all group leaders.

Cllr. Rhys Thomas, leader of the Plaid Cymru group said: "It's immoral that in the 21st Century people continue to be discriminated against because of their skin colour or ethnicity. This needs to change. Change starts with us. This is a small symbolic step that the Council can take to show solidarity with those campaigning for equality. But it is an important statement. We stand with those within the Black Lives Matter movement.

"3,700 of our residents here in Denbighshire are from a BAME background, each one contributing to society, and each one enriching our lives. Everybody deserves to be treated with dignity and respect".

Plaid Cymru’s Paul Penlington, Prestatyn North, who initially proposed the idea, said: "I and my family participated in the BLM protest in Rhyl, and was inspired by the passion and strength of feeling shown by those in attendance. We have people from all background and ethnicity here in Denbighshire, and each one is a valuable member of our community. As a Council and as Councillors we represent everybody, therefore it's only right at a time when this discrimination against some members of our community is highlighted, that we make it clear that we stand with those discriminated against, and show that we value them”.


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