London (CNN)Anti-racism demonstrators in the UK tore down a statue of a 17th-century slave trader, rolled it through the streets and dumped it in the sea on Sunday, in a dramatic act of protest that has shone a spotlight on the country’s stubborn colonial legacy. Protesters in Bristol, southwest England used ropes to rip down the monument of Edward Colston, a local merchant who made the bulk of his fortune from the slave trade in the late 1600s. His statue had stood in the city since 1895, but its presence in the multicultural city had become increasingly controversial. Crowds cheered and knelt on the statue after it was toppled, before pushing it to Bristol’s harbor and throwing it into the water. Many have celebrated the act, and video of the statue falling has gone viral in the UK. But some, including leading figures in Boris Johnson’s government, have condemned the protesters. The moment #BlackLivesMattterUK pulled down the statue of merchant slave trader Edward Colston in #Bristolpic.twitter.com/fU0BToyLNI— Sam (@SamuelLiddell) June 7, 2020 “We live in a country where other people feel they are losing a grip on their history and identity and, I think it’s an error,” Bristol’s mayor, Marvin Rees,… Read full this story
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