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DSTRKT campaigner: Black men denied club entry must fight it

CAMPAIGNER: DSTRKT campaigners including Lin Mei, far left

ONE OF the Do I Look DSTRKT campaigners has issued a message of solidarity to the victims of alleged racism at Bournemouth nightclub Cameo.

The incident, which took place on Saturday (Dec 5), was captured on film by Marcus Leon, who had travelled from London to the venue with 15 friends.

Leon, a secondary school teacher, told The Voice his friends, comprising an NHS project manager and a Ministry of Defence employee, had an annual tradition of reuniting on night out at various venues around the UK.

For this year’s festivities the group, aged between 28 and 34, planned an evening of dinner and clubbing out in Bournemouth, making a £750 booking in November.

The 33-year-old explained: “We told the sales associate when we were booking that we’re a large group of 15 and he assured us that it wasn’t a problem as the club frequently hosted stag [bachelor] parties and had tables for up to 25 people.”

Leon, a Southampton graduate, explained how he and his party arrived at the venue only to be stopped from entering by the club’s doormen.

Vlogger Lin Mei told The Voice: “When we were campaigning about our incident almost every single man of colour – black and Asian – they were very much like ‘why are you guys so surprised?

“This happens to us all the time so we’ve accepted this as normal.’

“They shouldn’t have to accept this as the norm, in a way; it’s a different type of sexism. I would encourage these guys to definitely pursue it, gather all the evidence necessary and fight it.”

The 29-year-old made headlines in September when she and friends led a boycott of West End nightclub DSTRKT after two members of her party were allegedly refused entry for being “too fat" and “too dark".

The spokeswoman appeared to be unimpressed by the club’s recent advertising campaign, which features four black women.

“Positive change or are they taking the p*ss,” wrote Mei on Twitter.

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