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Inquest protest ‘Bus for George’ to bring supporters to protest at George Nkencho inquest

The George Nkencho Coalition called for a full public inquiry into the shooting dead of the Dublin man last December

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Gloria Nkencho, sister of George Nkencho who was shot dead by gardai, speaks to the media during a press briefing outside Leinster House in February (Brian Lawless/PA)

Gloria Nkencho, sister of George Nkencho who was shot dead by gardai, speaks to the media during a press briefing outside Leinster House in February (Brian Lawless/PA)

Gloria Nkencho, sister of George Nkencho who was shot dead by gardai, speaks to the media during a press briefing outside Leinster House in February (Brian Lawless/PA)

A special ‘Bus for George’ has been organised to bring supporters to a protest at the opening of an inquest into the killing of George Nkencho in the RDS next week. 

The campaign group, Youth Against Racism (YARI), is organising the transport to take people from the community in Blanchardstown to Ballsbridge on Monday.

Dublin politican Ruth Coppinger posted the update on her Facebook page that includes the message, “Become an active builder of this protest of solidarity by sharing the info about the protest, the bus and about our public meeting with Gloria Nkencho this Friday 18th at 7pm.”

Earlier, George’s sister Gloria appealed for supporters to gather for the rally when the inquest into his death opens.

Gloria Nkencho issued the appeal in a Facebook post to “Support the Nkencho Family at Inquest” on June 21 in the RDS in Dublin.

Gloria has written: “We appeal to all organisations, to young people, students, parents, trade unionists, political parties, organisations within the black and minority communities: stand with us to call for justice and truth - for a full and thorough investigation into the shooting dead of our brother and son, George."

Further details outline how an inquest into George Nkencho's death will formally open on that day.

“George was shot dead by gardaí on his doorstep on December 30,” it reads. “The inquest will then adjourn, pending the outcome of all legal investigations.

“The killing of an unarmed young person with mental health issues by gardai is unprecedented. The inquest into George's death is an occasion when all who want justice and a public inquiry, we must peacefully demonstrate that. Please mobilise your group/organisation to assemble at 9.45am.”

The post urges attendees to follow social distancing and healthcare guidelines at all times.

“Orgs and individuals are encouraged to bring banners, flags and signs to show your support for the family and demand justice for George Nkencho,” it adds. “There is a bus being arranged from Blanchardstown, please contact us for booking or more details.”

The post also refers to the George Nkencho Coalition, “a gathering of 30 different political, community, anti-racism and trade union organisations, all working towards an independent and thorough investigation into the killing of George Nkencho, reforms in the gardaí and repairs to our community which the shooting has damaged”.

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In April, the George Nkencho Coalition called for a full public inquiry into the shooting dead of the Dublin man last December.

The statement that has been issued “on behalf of the family of late George Nkencho” states that they wish to convey the “feeling of shock and devastation over the fatal shooting of 27-year-old George Nkencho by the Garda Síochána Armed Response Unit, in front of his house, on Wednesday 30th December 2020.”

Mr Nkencho was shot dead by Gardaí outside his west Dublin home on December 30.

He had been involved in a confrontation at a local convenience store, and the incident later culminated in a standoff outside his home in Clonee during which he was carrying a knife.

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