UK protesters topple statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol

UK protesters topple statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol

Anti-racism protesters in England have pulled down a statue Edward Colston, of a 17th-century slave dealer whereas demonstrating in solidarity with the US Black Lives Matter motion.

The protesters within the metropolis of Bristol, in southwest England, tied the bronze statue of Edward Colston with rope earlier than toppling it to cheers from the encircling crowd.
Demonstrators have been later seen rolling the statue to the close by harbor and throwing it into the River Avon. Whereas the incident garnered a lot celebration amongst protesters, native police say an investigation has been launched into the incident.
“There was a small group of people that clearly dedicated an act of prison injury in knocking down a statue close to Bristol Harbourside,” Avon and Somerset police said Sunday in a statement. “An investigation will probably be carried out to determine these concerned and we’re already collating footage of the incident.”

The statue of Colston had stood in Bristol’s metropolis heart since 1895 however had develop into more and more controversial, with petitions created to demand its elimination.

Reviled slave dealer

The Museums of Bristol website describes Edward Colston as a “revered philanthropist / reviled slave dealer.” It says he was born within the metropolis in 1636, however spent his working life in London, changing into “an lively member of the governing physique of the RAC (Royal African Company), which traded in enslaved Africans, for 11 years.”
The positioning says Colston gave away most of his fortune to charity with restrictions to make sure beneficiaries matched his non secular affiliations.
In line with native police, Sunday’s Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol was attended by an estimated 10,000 folks.
“The overwhelming majority of those that got here to voice their issues about racial inequality and injustice did so peacefully and respectfully,” Avon and Somerset police stated.
Maintaining the general public secure was out biggest precedence and fortunately there have been no situations of dysfunction and no arrests have been made,” police added.

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