Black Lives Matter march in BristolDownload
© Licensed to London News Pictures; 07/06/2020; Bristol, UK. People climb on the statue of slave trader Edward Colston before the statue is pulled down with a rope and thrown in Bristol Docks during a Black Lives Matter protest rally and march through the city centre in memory of George Floyd, a black man who was killed on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis in the US by a white police officer kneeling on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. During the Bristol event the statue of Edward Colston was torn down and thrown into Bristol docks. Edward Colston (1636 – 1721) was a wealthy Bristol-born English merchant involved in the slave trade, a Member of Parliament and a philanthropist. He supported and endowed schools, almshouses, hospitals and churches in Bristol, London and elsewhere, and his name is commemorated in several Bristol landmarks, streets, three schools and the Colston bun. The killing of George Floyd has seen widespread protests in the US, the UK and other countries, despite the restrictions due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic. People had been advised by the Bristol Mayor and Avon & Somerset's Chief Constable not to attend the event due due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to maintain social distancing to avoid the spread of the virus. Photo credit: Mark Simmons/LNP.
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