Black Lives Matter Protest and George Floyd Memorial Service

Protesters in the British city of Bristol on Sunday pulled down a statue of a 17th-century slave trader in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Protesters tied a 5.5-meter (18-foot) bronze statue of Edward Colston to a rope and threw it at a crowd cheering.

Leaders later turned the statue into a nearby port and threw it into the Avon River.

Born in Bristol in 16336, Colston was an active member of the governing body of the Royal African Company (RAC) for 11 years, serving as deputy governor from 1669-90.

Founded exclusively on the West African slave trade in the late seventeenth century, the company was involved in the sale of thousands of West Africans in the Caribbean and the Americas.

Colston, by whom Bristol Website Museum As a “respected social worker / worthless slave trader” he later donated some of his wealth to charitable causes, such as schools and hospitals, a process by which his name became synonymous with a few Bristol symbols.

The statue of Colston has stood in the city center of Bristol since 1895, but it has been demanded to be removed and has become increasingly controversial.

Elsewhere in the UK: Other large cities in the UK, such as London and Edinburgh, also witnessed large-scale protests in the thousands.

At least 12 people have been arrested in protests in London, police said late Sunday night.

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