Standing shoulder-to-shoulder

"There are approximately 3,700 miles between Gwynedd and Minnesota in the United States but in every sense we stand firm alongside the black community over there," said Plaid Cymru’s Gwynedd Leader, Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn.

“It is vital to acknowledge the ugly historical context behind the murder of George Floyd and the protests that have followed. We should also remember that racism is not just a problem on the other side of the Atlantic.

“It is a shameful element of our society here in Wales and within our communities, although it may not be so obvious on the surface to most of us.

“Hate crime figures show that cases of racism in North West Wales have almost doubled in the last five years.

“We, in Plaid Cymru Gwynedd, are not closing our eyes to this. We firmly believe in equality as a fundamental right and principle. We encourage collaboration and for organisations to stand with us shoulder to shoulder, in spirit.”

Councillor Nia Jeffreys (pictured), who has responsibility for equality on Gwynedd Council's cabinet, added:

“The murder of George Floyd has understandably outraged people across the world, including us here in Gwynedd. We wish to send our deepest condolences to his family over in Minnesota.

“There is no place whatsoever for racism within our society, be that direct or indirect discrimination based on skin colour, religion, nationality or culture.

“Plaid Cymru Gwynedd urges people to stand in solidarity by displaying banners outside your home or showing support for the cause on social media.”

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