Exact moment when protesters drop the statue of the slave trader Edward Colston Reproduction / Reproduction
Anti-racism protesters from Bristol, England, tore down a monument in honor of slave trader Edward Colston (1636-1721), this Sunday (7). After tearing the statue off the pedestal, the protesters threw it into a river (see the two moments in the videos below).
Colston was a famous British trader. According to the BBC television network, he has trafficked at least 84,000 blacks from West Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas. Of these, at least 19,000 died while crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Powerful in his day, Colston was still a member of the English Parliament. And it financed the construction of schools, churches and hospitals in Bristol and London. In addition to the destroyed statue, his name is used in several landmarks in Bristol, including avenues and public schools.
The weekend was marked by large-scale protests in Europe and the United States against racism and police violence sparked by the assassination of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25.
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On Saturday (7), in London, a peaceful act ran through the streets of London and ended in front of the official residence of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. About 1,000 people also gathered in front of the American embassy, blocking traffic on surrounding streets.
The American capital, Washington, also had peaceful acts, which addressed the White House. And in Berlin, there was a clash between protesters and the police.