The organiser behind this Sunday's Black Lives Matter demonstration in George Square says racism is "as much an issue in Glasgow as it is in the US".

Barrington Reeves, 28, is organising the static demonstration to show solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement following the death of George Floyd in police custody.

Barrington, who runs design agency Too Gallus in Kings Court, says racism is an also issue here in Glasgow.

Barrington, from the West End, said: "As someone who has lived in Glasgow his whole life, I have unfortunately experienced a lot of racism and a lot of discrimination here.

"I think its important that locally people take this opportunity to learn about the injustices people here face, open their eyes to the fact there is discrimination here and learn how to utilise themselves, and educate themselves without discrimination.

Barrington continued: "Any black person, any minority in Glasgow, can tell you countless stories of discrimination, whether its belief or sport - you only need to look at the kind of language that is thrown about on sporting days or Old Firm match days and what people say to the players.

"It's right on our door step.

"I think this would be a great time for the people of Glasgow who feel like it isn't an issue to learn about the issues and educate themselves, see how they become a positive force and see themselves as a force of change. "

Sunday's demonstration will take place in George Square beginning from 12pm. It is a static protest and those attending will be expected to take responsiblity for social distancing and hygiene measures.

Barrington added: "We wanted to create the event and the space for people to come and protest. it wasn't a huge organisational thing, it was a space for people to come and have their voice heard.

"It is now evolving to having speakers, and have practical solutions.

"We are trying to amplify BME voices, inviting young people to share their views and experiences, people working in different creative industries in Scotland.

"We have confirmed Eunice Olamide to speak as one speaker, and expecting people to take responsibility for their own social distancing measures, and make sure they are acting accordingly and safely. we are giving people the best advice possible and making sure they are being safe themselves.

"We are not here to cause trouble and it is not to make more trouble for the local council or the police.

"I think what happened in Minneapolis is horrible and it really shakes people all around the world. A loss like that is felt in the BME community everywhere. it draws up to the surface the inequality that we do face.

"It's easy for a lot of people in the UK and especially Scotland to believe we live in a safe haven where racism is not an issue and its a lot better but realistically we do not come under the same physical pressure that you do in the US. "Racism is a huge issue all over the world and Scotland is no exception. At a time when things like this happen we need to show solidarity with things across the sea.

“Hopefully by protesting, our voice can be heard and people recognise other issues as well.”

UPDATE: The demonstration on Sunday has now moved to Glasgow Green.