A BLACK Lives Matter protest is planned in Rhyl on Monday.

This is expected to be near or at the Events Arena, on June 8, and will start at 1.30pm.

Jack Quinn, who is organising the event alongside partner Vee Cashmore, said: "As far as feedback has gone, it has been overwhelmingly positive.

"We have had a few people questioning our measures - to enforce social distancing - and threatening to contact the police without knowing we have already had the go-ahead from them.

"We have had communication through email with North Wales Police in regards to maintaining government guidelines and also making sure no violence breaks out.

"We are making it clear to everyone involved that PPE is to be worn at the protest. If they don't bring their own, we have a supply of our own.

"We have decided to hold this protest because we believe that silence on this issue is a form of betrayal. We must raise enough awareness as possible on this matter as our duty to those who are the most vulnerable.

"We also plan to have a bucket for donations to the Black Lives Matter charity itself," Jack added.

A statement on the event page stressed it would be a ‘peaceful’ protest.

It said: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal. Join us for a peaceful protest in Rhyl events arena to stand against the crimes and violence black communities are faced with worldwide.

“As we are living in times of Covid-19 we urge everyone to bring along with them a face mask and of course keep to the two-metre distance rule.

“Please make sure you are not travelling from more than five miles.

“Once again, this is a peaceful protest. Anyone violating this will be asked to leave.

“Signs and banners are welcome.”

A spokesperson from North Wales Police told the Journal: “We are aware of the proposed event and we are liaising with the organisers.”

The protest comes following the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.

Mr Floyd was an unarmed black man who died after Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, was filmed kneeling on his neck for more than eight minutes as he told them “I can’t breathe”.

Mr Floyd’s death has sparked huge protests across the US against racism.

Visit blacklivesmatter.com to donate.