LONDON – Slave trader statue dismantled by protestors

A statue of slave trader Edward Colston was torn down and thrown into the Bristol harbour on Sunday (7 June) on the second day of anti-racism protests which took place across the UK.

A 17th-century slave trader, Colston was responsible for transporting about 80,000 men, women and children from Africa to the Americas, and his statue has long been a matter of controversy in the port city.

The Black Lives Matter protests appear to have prompted a new reflection of systemic racism in the UK, as well as Britain’s colonial past.

Meanwhile, thousands of protestors marched across London to the US Embassy. Although the protests were largely peaceful, they were marred by a handful of attacks on police prompting Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who defended the protests, to say that they had been “subverted by thuggery – and they are a betrayal of the cause they purport to serve”.

(Benjamin Fox | EURACTIV.com)

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