Bolton Council has released a formal statement yesterday to address the killing of George Floyd and celebrate diversity in the local community.
Councillors from the Greater Manchester borough of Bolton have spoken out this week to address the killing of George Floyd, pay their respects and acknowledge the town as a place that “celebrates and recognises differences”.
The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, US last week sparked global conversation, elevated the #BlackLivesMatter movement. and lead to mass protesting by activists across not only the United States, but in major cities all over the world, including in Manchester city centre.
The Leader of Bolton Council David Greenhalgh and Chief Executive of Bolton Council Anthony Oakman made a joint statement.
Posting via the council website and across social media platforms, the councillors’ statement read: “Events over the past few months in the UK have taught us we have a responsibility to treat each other with fairness, decency, and respect”.
“The Bolton Family and the behaviour of everyone, has been a shining beacon of how we live this. During this time the Bolton population has shown kindness, humility, and acceptance.”
“This is the strength and part of the Bolton DNA.”
They continued: “Recent and sad events in America are a testament to why we must stand together with all those who reject violence and oppose racism in all its forms.”
“We are a place which celebrates and recognises differences and long may this continue.”
“Together we will continue to make our towns and borough places where everyone is welcome, is treated fairly and shown kindness.”
The statement by Bolton Council echoes the formal address by Manchester City Council earlier this week.
This saw Leader of the Council Sir Richard Leese declare that: “Manchester has always been a city that tries to unite our communities while celebrating our diversity. For this reason, Manchester will always stand in solidarity with those who feel they have no other choice other than to protest and fight for a more equal place in the world.”
The historic Wythenshawe Hall was also lit up as a sign of solidarity on Tuesday evening.
Other borough councils across Greater Manchester have also been addressing the killing of George Floyd and speaking out to show support this week too. Salford City Council, Oldham Council and Rochdale Borough Council have each either issued statements, or organised for public marks of respect.