UK protester tears down statue of 17th-century slave trader, deface it

UK protester tears down statue of 17th-century slave trader, deface it

- UK protesters in demanding an end to racism in the wake of George Floyd's death have torn down Edward Colston's statue

- Smeared with red paint and tied with a rope, the protesters said Edward rose to fame as a black slave trader

- In great anger, after they had torn down the statue, they rolled it into River Avon

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UK protesters have torn down the statue of Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader as a way to show that racism does not have a place in today's society.

It should be noted that the protesters are among thousands of others who are advocating under the aegis of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The statue of Edward was torn down in Bristol, England and thrown into River Avon, left to drown.

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He was an English merchant, slave trader, member of parliament, and a supposed philanthropist. Edward was born in Bristol to a family of merchants that had lived in the city since the 1340s.

In 1680, he was heavily involved in the slave trade as he became a member of the Royal African Company, which had a strong monopoly of Britain in the business.

See full videos of how the protesters defaced and tore the statue down:

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a pilot in Canada, Dimitri Neonakis, took to the skies to show solidarity with the ongoing protests of the death of George Floyd and other black Americans at the hands of police.

On Thursday, June 4, the pilot flew a path to form the shape of a raised fist, a symbol synonymous with the Black Lives Matter.

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In a Facebook post, Dimitri said that “the shape of” the “movement symbol” is one which he “respects and supports” as he dedicated the flight to George Floyd. The air show went on for about two-and-a-half hours at about 150 miles per hour.

It should be noted that this is not the first time the pilot will be flying a path for art and social significance. Earlier in the year, he did the same thing for his daughter’s friend, a cancer survivor.

In other news, billionaire Femi Otedola's daughter, Florence Otedola, popularly known as DJ Cuppy, was among several people who protested following the killing of an African-American man, George Floyd in the US.

Cuppy who is currently in London, took to the streets to march against racism. In the photos shared to her Twitter account, the music enthusiast is seen holding up a placard that speaks against subjugation.

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