In Britain, protesters tore down a statue of the slave trader of the XVII century

The supporters of the movement Black Lives Matter in the British city of Bristol was demolished monument to British slave trader and philanthropist Edward Colston, who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries, publication reports the Independent.

As the newspaper notes, in social networks there was a video in which protesters take off the statue from the pedestal in the course of Sunday's protests in the city centre.

Member of Parliament, philanthropist and slave trader Edward Colston born in Bristol in the 17th century. His name called many schools, buildings and charities.

The bronze monument Colston was built in 1895. As the newspaper notes, the statue has always caused ambiguous attitude of citizens. Recently, more than 10 thousand people signed a petition to the City Council of the city of Bristol with the requirement to demolish the monument, notes the Independent.

African American George Floyd died in Minneapolis during police detention, and his death resulted in riots in the cities of Minnesota but also in other U.S. States. In the Internet appeared the video, which show that the police put the handcuffs Floyd, knocked him down and piled on top of him, the three of us, and one of them stepped on his knee on the neck. Floyd on video several times said that he could not breathe. He later died in intensive care. After the riots fired four police officers, one of them was charged with murder, three others of aiding and abetting the murder.

Protests in support of the movement were also held in other countries, particularly in the UK, France, Sweden, Australia, Italy and Spain.