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Protesters Remove And Dump Statue Of Slave Trader

During a protest in Bristol, protesters joined together to tear down and dump the statue of Edward Colston, a known slave trader during the 17th century. The protesters placed their frustration and aggression onto the statue thus resulting in its removal and dumping into the nearest harbour.

During a protest in Bristol, protesters joined together to tear down and dump the statue of Edward Colston, a known slave trader during the 17th century. The protesters placed their frustration and aggression onto the statue thus resulting in its removal and dumping into the nearest harbour.

In the past few weeks, protesters have joined across the globe in solidarity against the murder of US citizen George Floyd and police brutality that plagues African American societies. The UK has had its share in protests, this week with Bristol incorporating their own protest against a former slave trader.

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Throughout the entire week, there have been demonstrations and marches globally in response to police brutality and have since garnered much attention to most of society’s ills, in Bristol this came in the form of the presence of a statue of a former slave trader, Edward Colston.

Edward Colston was a merchant, who took part in the trading of slaves, exchanging West African persons in American and Caribbean territories, through the Royal African Company (RAC).

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Despite resigning from this duties to pursue more philanthropic business, the memory of his contribution to the degradation of black people still lives on, this perhaps prompted protesters to enact revenge upon the merchant by removing his statue and to dump it in the harbour.

The statue has been erected on Bristol soil since 1895 and has been a constant reminder of the atrocities which took place during colonial industrialization of African persons. Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees spoke about the incident and acknowledged the painful reminder the statue is for many citizens and is most likely to be retrieved and placed in a museum.

 

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Thabisile Miya
Thabisile Miya
3 years ago

Only here to say #blacklivesmatter everywhere in the world and let’s continue the fight

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