Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Merseyside Police Flash Mob Video

Merseyside Police have released a video of the flash mob we performed last Friday with the following poignant press release:

Merseyside Police

Passengers checking in at Liverpool John Lennon airport on Friday were treated to a surprise rendition of a Beyonce song by actors dressed as air stewards and fellow passengers.

The flash mob stunt was organised by Merseyside Police to raise awareness of the important issue of honour-based violence and promote local women’s charity ‘Savera’.

Lyrics from a Beyonce song were adapted to reflect female empowerment with the aim of encouraging people who fear the prospect of a forced marriage to seek help.

The initiative at the airport comes after hundreds of shoppers pledged to take a stand against honour-based violence by signing a mural in Liverpool city centre on Wednesday.

Earlier in the week a young women who fled the prospect of a forced marriage and violence at the hands of her own family to make a new life for herself and her young children in Merseyside told her story to the media.

Passengers in the check-in queue were also given free neck pillows and other freebies promoting the charity Savera, which supports women who have been the victim of honour-based violence.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paul Richardson who heads up Matrix Serious Organised Crime unit within Merseyside Police said:

“Protecting vulnerable people is at the heart of what we do and we know that honour-based violence is still a vastly under-reported crime.

“It is deep-rooted in other cultures and traditions but under UK law it constitutes a crime because it often involves violence, coercion and victims being made to do things against their will.

“The police service is doing all it can to lift the lid on issues such as forced marriage and female genital mutilation but there Is still a great deal of work to be done.

“It is our duty not only to build confidence and trust in the police by victims but also raise awareness among the general public about this very important issue.

“Today is just one of many things we are doing to achieve this and by aiming it at large swaths of people jetting off abroad I hope that those who are going on to countries where perhaps these practices are still acceptable will have been given something to think about.”