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Malachi O'Doherty

I would respect those who march for Black Lives Matter more if they only risked their own safety

Malachi O'Doherty


Take a chance with your own health by all means but you'll not be taking it with mine, argues Malachi O'Doherty

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People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Custom House Square, Belfast, in memory of George Floyd (Rebecca Black/PA)

People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Custom House Square, Belfast, in memory of George Floyd (Rebecca Black/PA)

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People take part in a Black Lives Matter protest rally in Custom House Square, Belfast, in memory of George Floyd (Rebecca Black/PA)

A few weeks ago, many of us on Twitter were scoffing at protesters against lockdown. John Waters and Gemma O'Doherty (no relation, I hope) had brought people to stand outside the Four Courts in Dublin to break the regulations governing social distancing.

They were roundly abused and laughed at, rightly I thought, for they claimed a civil right to endanger themselves and others.

And the key worry about Covid-19 is that it is infectious before it shows symptoms. So, you can't claim not to have it and then go out in public with confidence that you are not passing it to someone else who will take it home to their parents.