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The demonstrations of pulling down statues of slave traders began after the killing of George Floyd by US police in Minnesota, which has led to mass protests across the United States.
The incident discussed in this video: Black Lives Matters protesters in Bristol have pulled down a statue of the slave trader Edward Colston, whose company transported more than 100,000 slaves from West Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas between 1672 and 1689. Demonstrators attached a rope to the Grade II-listed statue, pulled it down and rolled it into the city’s harbour. It follows the toppling of several Confederate statues during Black Lives Matter protests in the US. Also, Protesters sprayed the word ‘racist’ on former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s memorial. Churchill is said to have viewed white people as superior and refused to distribute wheat to starving people in India in 1943.