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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Laura Devlin has opened an Online Book of Condolence for residents of Newry, Mourne and Down to extend their sympathies to the family of George Floyd. This will provide an opportunity for residents to stand in solidarity with the people of the United States of America and to highlight their support for those who are fighting against racial injustice worldwide.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Book of Condolence will be available to sign online on the Council’s website. For residents who sign the Book of Condolence, they are registering their opposition to institutional racism and calling for justice for George Floyd and his family. All names and messages posted online will be collated by Council and sent in a hard copy booklet to the US Consulate in Belfast.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Laura Devlin said, “I will be lighting up Down Leisure Centre and Newry Town Hall in civic solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and BAME communities. It's difficult to protest in large numbers in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, I would discourage large crowds from protesting in public places as the health risk still remains within our community, we can still demonstrate clearly that Black Lives Matter by signing this online Book of Condolence and sharing our messages of support and solidarity extensively on social media.”

For residents who wish to extend their sympathies to the family of George Floyd please click on the following link BOOK-OF-CONDOLENCES

The Book of Condolence will close for digital signatures on Monday 22 June 2020.

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