UK: Protesters in Bristol pull down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston

(BBC) – A slave trader’s statue in Bristol has been torn down during a second day of anti-racism protests across the UK, following the death of George Floyd.

It comes after largely peaceful demonstrations in central London on Saturday saw some clashes with police.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick urged protesters to find another way to make their views heard.

But thousands of protesters in London are protesting outside the US Embassy for the second day.

Protesters in Bristol used ropes to pull down the bronze statue of Edward Colston, a prominent 17th Century slave trader.

Colston is believed to have transported about 80,000 men, women and children from Africa to the Americas.

On his death in 1721, he bequeathed his wealth to charities and his legacy can still be seen on Bristol’s streets, memorials and buildings.

After the statue fell to the ground, a protester posed with his knee on the statue’s neck – reminiscent of the video showing Mr Floyd, an African-American who died while being restrained by a Minnesota police officer.

As well as Sunday’s mass protest outside the US Embassy in Nine Elms, near Vauxhall, south London, other protests are also taking place in Manchester, Nottingham and Edinburgh.

Protesters appeared to be ignoring warnings from both the police commissioner and Health Secretary Matt Hancock not to congregate and risk spreading the coronavirus.

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