Statue of slave trader Edward Colston torn down in Bristol, England

The renewed push to remove racist monuments in the United States spread across the Atlantic on Sunday when Black Lives Matter protesters toppled the statue of a British slave trader. The statue of Edward Colston was removed in the city of Bristol Sunday, with protesters pulling it off its pedestal, kneeling on its neck in acknowledgment of the death of George Floyd and then tossing it into the harbor. Historians estimate Colston’s company was responsible for the selling of approximately 100,000 slaves to America and the Caribbean in the late 17th century.

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[METAL CLANKING]

[CHEERING]

- (CHANTING) Pull it down. Pull it down. Pull it down.

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[LAUGHING]

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[CHATTER]

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[SPLASH]

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