Bristol: Protesters pull down statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston

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Protesters in Bristol have pulled down the controversial statue of a 17th century slave trader.

The bronze memorial to Edward Colston 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.

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

He told the PA news agency: “It says ‘erected by the citizens of Bristol, as a memorial to one of the most virtuous and wise sons of this city’.

“The man was a slave trader. He was generous to Bristol but it was off the back of slavery and it’s absolutely despicable. It’s an insult to the people of Bristol.”

Protesters in Bristol have been demonstrating against racial injustice and the killing of George Floyd in the US.

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