The First Minister pledged her support to the Black Lives Matter movement, adding that she has "total solidarity" to the cause. 

It comes as peaceful protests are scheduled to take place across the country and globe after the death of an unarmed black man in the US named George Floyd. 

At least 30 US cities have experienced protests since his death at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged in connection with the death. 

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In Glasgow, a Black Lives Matter protest is scheduled to take place on Sunday afternoon in front of the city chambers.

Although Nicola Sturgeon told how she is a "fervent supporter" of the movement, she warned that large gatherings of people could pose a risk to health as the country still battles with the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking today, she said: "I absolutely believe people have the right to make their voices heard, and at times like this, when we all look on with concern and horror at the scenes in the United States right now, it's very important that we do have the opportunity to speak up and make our voices heard. 

"Obviously right now, it is the case, unfortunately, and regrettably, that large gatherings of people could pose a risk to health and indeed to life.

"Unfortunately that's the case whether it is a peaceful protest, or a football match or any other gathering where large numbers of people are coming together in close proximity."

Speaking as an "ally" and a "supporter", the First Minister has advised those who wish to protest on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement to make their voices be heard in a safe way that does not pose risk to other people's lives. 

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She added: "I know people the length and breadth of this country - and I include myself - feel extremely strongly about these issues and let me say none of us, no society, no country is immune from racism.

"All of us right now I think feel a very strong desire to stand in solidarity with those protesting racism and to make clear that evil has no place in our society.

"I would appeal to people to have a discussion and consider how we do that in a way that is safe, but also allows us all to send a very strong and unequivocal message about the evil of racism that we want to see eradicated."