A peaceful protest is set to take place in Hull city centre on Thursday afternoon in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Events have been taking place across the globe after the latest movement, which was sparked by the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by a white police officer in Minnesota on May 25, spread from US cities to the rest of the world.

Footage of the killing went viral, causing dismay at the sight of yet another case of brutal violence against black people being shared widely online.

Protests started in cities across America, many of which sadly turned violent with property destroyed and dangerous clashes between police and protesters.

But most events have remained peaceful, including the thousands of people who attended Hyde Park in London on Wednesday to show solidarity with black and minority ethnic communities.

Now a gathering has also been planned for Hull and is set to take place outside the city hall, in Queen Victoria Square, on Thursday, June 4 at 3pm.

The city hall will also be illuminated in purple light in a show of solidarity against racism on Wednesday evening.

Organiser Marta Sophie Kempinska, who was born in Poland but has lived in Hull for 14 years, said that, as a white woman, she was determined to speak out and show solidarity with black people.

Miss Kempinska, 24, a final year mental health nursing student, said: "We just want to support the black community and show that we stand with them.

"We're all aware of what's happened, but it's been happening for so many years, it's not just one case and it's not just in the US and we want to shed a light on that.

"It's time we used our privilege to speak up because that hasn't happened so far and it's sparked something in me that's said I should be speaking up."

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She said more than 700 people had responded as either 'going' or 'interested' in the event on Facebook.

But she said they were acutely aware of the need to be as safe as possible while protesting during the Covid-19 pandemic and had liaised with police about the plans.

She said organisers hoped to put down floor markings to keep people at least two metres apart and encouraged anyone bringing banners or placards to write "2m" on the back.

Wearing masks and gloves has also been encouraged and Marta said she would bring gloves to give out to people that did not have them.

She also plans to gather as many contact details as possible from people attending in case the track and trace system is required should anyone fall ill after the event.

The plans for the protest in Hull come as police chiefs across the country came together to say they were "appalled and horrified" by the killing of George Floyd.

They said: "We stand alongside all those across the globe who are appalled and horrified by the way George Floyd lost his life. Justice and accountability should follow.

"We are also appalled to see the violence and damage that has happened in so many US cities since then. Our hearts go out to all those affected by these terrible events and hope that peace and order will soon be restored.

"In the UK we have a long established tradition of policing by consent, working in communities to prevent crime and solve problems. Officers are trained to use force proportionately, lawfully and only when absolutely necessary. We strive to continuously learn and improve. We will tackle bias, racism or discrimination wherever we find it. 

"Policing is complex and challenging and sometimes we fall short. When we do, we are not afraid to shine a light on injustices or to be held to account.

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"The relationship between the police and the public in the UK is strong but there is always more to do. Every day, up and down the country, officers and staff are working to strengthen those relationships and address concerns. Only by working closely with our communities do we build trust and help keep people safe.

"We know people want to make their voices heard. The right to lawful protest is key part of any democracy, which UK police uphold and facilitate.

"But coronavirus remains a deadly disease and there are still restrictions in place to prevent its spread, which include not gathering outside in groups of more than six people. So for whatever reason people want to come together, we ask that people continue to work with officers at this challenging time."