The authorities of the British Bristol removed the statue of the Black Lives Matter activist (BLM, “Black Lives Are Important”), mounted on a pedestal instead of the monument demolished by the demonstrators, trader, philanthropist and slave trader Edward Colston. It is reported by BBC News.
It is reported that the figure of a black protester Jen Reid stood in this place for less than a day. It was created by the sculptor Mark Quinn; he also directed the installation of it on a pedestal without coordination with the city authorities. Their contractors arrived at the site on the morning of July 16, loaded the monument onto a car and drove away.
The publication recalls the words of the mayor of Bristol Marvin Riesz: he refused to consider the demolition of the statue of Colston a violation of the law, calling it an “act of historical poetry”, but called on the townspeople to resolve the issue of the future fate of the monument in general discussion. The statue, meanwhile, was taken from the bottom of the harbor, where protesters dropped it. She is undergoing restoration.
Born in the 17th century, Colston was immortalized in many Bristol place names due to the extensive funding of schools, hospitals, almshouses and churches of the city. He is also known as a slave trader, for two years he was the head of the Royal African Company, which had a monopoly on the trade of black slaves in England.