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Black Lives Matter: protesters pull down statue of slave trader and roll it into river

Black Lives Matter: protesters pull down statue of slave trader and roll it into river

Submitted by • June 8, 2020 bit.ly

Black Lives Matter protesters have pulled down a statue of a 17th century slave trader and thrown it in the water in Bristol.

The bronze memorial of Edward Colston, which has been situated in Bristol city centre since 1895, was torn down after crowds left College Green.

It has been the subject of an 11,000-strong petition to have it removed.

After it was toppled, protesters rolled it towards the harbour and threw it into the water.

Earlier, protester John McAllister, 71, tore down black bin bags used to hide the statue to denounce it in front of fellow protesters.

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