Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-19

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6 surreylive.news NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 A picture that emerged on social media this month showed two people holding up a White Lives Matter banner in front of Aldershot’s Wellington Statue while hiding their identities News Statue used for slogan backdrop PICTURE APPEARS TO SUPPORT TWITTER CAMPAIGN and Burnley, and was perceived to be in response to the Black Lives Matter movement that has been growing around the world. Pictures from across the UK were shared on a twitter thread of people, all hiding their identity, holding up various White Lives Matter banners and other stickers. On twitter, Patriotic Alternativ­e said: “Today we celebrate #Indigenous­PeoplesDay; a day created to raise awareness and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous peoples. All people have the right to selfdeterm­ination & a safe homeland for their people. #WhiteLives­Matters #WorldIndig­enousPeopl­esDay”. The campaign group says on its website that it aims to “raise aware- day August 9, which it did to mark Internatio­nal Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The main twitter thread received more than 800 retweets and 2,000 likes in just over 24 hours, with some posting in support but others condemning the pictures. One asked: “If your supporters are so proud of what they believe in, and what they’re doing, why are they all hiding they’re faces?” The White Lives Matter slogan has been widely condemned in the past as racist, most notably when a plane towing a banner with the words on it was flown over the Etihad Stadium in Manchester in June. That was during the football match between Manchester City By ALEX BOYD alex.boyd@reachplc.com @alexjamesb­oyd “Banners, signs, leaflets & stickers went up in the UK and all over the world”. As stated by the UN, indigenous persons are “inheritors and practition­ers of unique cultures and ways of relating to people and the environmen­t”. It continues: “They have retained social, cultural, economic and political characteri­stics that are distinct from those of the dominant societies in which they live. “Despite their cultural difference­s, indigenous peoples from around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples”. ness of issues such as the demographi­c decline of native Britons in the United Kingdom, the environmen­tal impact of mass immigratio­n and the indoctrina­tion and political bias taking place in British schools”. Landmarks in neighbouri­ng Surrey and Sussex were also included in pictures, although the Aldershot image was not featured on the campaign group’s twitter thread. Instead, the picture was posted by the founder of Patriotic Alternativ­e, Mark Collett, who said: “Yesterday was one of the largest co-ordinated nationalis­t activities to have taken place for nearly a decade. A PICTURE has emerged of people holding a White Lives Matter banner up in front of the Wellington Statue in Aldershot. The image, believed to have been posted on twitter, shows two people obscuring their faces while holding up the large sign next to the town centre landmark. The statue, off Claycart Road, is a monument to the Duke of Wellington and is widely known as a symbol of the town’s pride in its military history. The picture appeared as a campaign group called Patriotic Alternativ­e shared dozens of similar images on its twitter page on Sun- PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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