Australian clothing retailer’s ‘Black Lives Matter’ merchandise sells out in 10 minutes
The latest “Black Lives Matters” clothing store to sell out was the first to open its doors in the state’s capital city of Melbourne in a month.
Key points:The company’s owner, the former head of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, has been in prison for his role in a racist riotBlack Lives and police have come under fire in recent weeksBlack Lives activist Tanya Gorman, who founded the store, said the sale of the merchandise would help the company move beyond the negative impact the riots had on the communityBlack Lives protestors stormed the Melbourne offices of the retailer in November after they were told they would not be able to buy their products online due to Black Lives Matter protests.
The store has since sold out of clothing and has been temporarily shut down, but not before a few hundred protesters and a police presence remained inside.
The business owner, Tanya Geyer, who also runs the popular Black Lives Matters clothing store, told the ABC her store would be able continue to sell its products if Black Lives protesters did not shut it down.
“If they don’t shut it, I’ll be able for them to buy anything else,” she said.
“The community has a right to know what they’re buying.”
Tanya Geyrer, owner of Black Lives & Police Clothing in Melbourne, said she hoped the store would survive the Black Lives protests.
She said the Black Liberation movement has long been a part of her life.
“It’s part of our identity, it’s part a part the Black family, it has to be part of us.
It’s part our identity,” she told ABC News Breakfast.”
You can’t make a political statement about Black Lives and not have the Black community support you.”
The retailer has also sold a range of clothing to Black people in Melbourne.
“There are plenty of Black people out there who are working hard to support their communities,” she added.
“Black Lives are not just for whites.
Black lives are for Black people, because they’re people of colour.”
In the run-up to Black Sunday last year, a Black man was killed in an assault by police on a Black family in Victoria.
Tanya said the company was working to make sure the Black Community had the right support.
“We don’t want Black people to feel left out,” she explained.
“This is about creating spaces where Black people feel comfortable and safe to be themselves, and to express their ideas.”
Because this is Black Lives Day, we are working very hard to make that happen.
“Tensions between the Black and Asian communities in Victoria were particularly high during the riots, with the latter protesting and calling for the police to be fired.
A month after the riot, the Victoria Police said they were still investigating the deaths of two people who were killed during the unrest.
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