PROTESTERS will march through Brighton to expose the “horrible truth of racism still lurking explicitly and subtly in the UK today”.

It follows the unrest in America over George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last week while being restrained by a Minneapolis police officer.

He pleaded for air as the officer was kneeling on his neck.

This has sparked protests across the world.

In America, curfews have been imposed in nearly 40 cities after police and protesters clashed in a series of stand-offs.

On June 13, Brighton will join these protests.

The Argus:

Campaign group Brighton Black Lives Matter said this date had been chosen “as it correlates to the 13th Amendment that has caused the mass incarceration of black people (and other ethnic groups) in the US”.

This amendment stated that “neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction”.

A spokesman for Brighton Black Lives Matter said: "The fight starts now.

“We may not live in America. We may be able to walk the streets, breathe, look, jog, be in the comfort of our own homes without being killed (the list goes on), but the UK is not innocent.

The Argus:

“This public demonstration will be creating history alongside people globally also responding to the black lives matter movement.

“We will be acknowledging our privileges and supporting those in America who are oppressed more so.

“We will be destroying the facade of Brighton being 'such an accepting community' and presenting the horrible truth of racism still lurking explicitly and subtly in the UK today.”

Posters publicising the event have been circulated on social media.

They ask those attending to meet at Brighton Palace Pier at 1.30pm on Saturday, June 13.

The protests comes in the midst of the UK lockdown, in which people are being urged by the Government to adhere to social distancing rules - staying two metres apart from anyone not from their household.

The Argus:

But protest organisers have issued advice to those wishing to take part in order to protect their safety.

A spokesman said: “This is a peaceful protest, a protest that will be notified to authorities and will be conducted as safely as possible.

“We will keep our social distance and we will be wearing gloves and masks.

“Therefore, do not bring weapons or drugs and do not fight or argue with others protesting, or with the authorities.”

The Argus:

In America, peaceful demonstrations against police killings of black people have been marred by unrest in cities from Philadelphia to Los Angeles - with violence flaring near the White House.

Protesters in Philadelphia threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, officials said, while thieves in more than 20 California cities smashed their way into businesses and ran off with as much as they could carry - boxes of trainers, armloads of clothes, and mobile phones, TVs and other electronics.