A statue of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill at London's Parliament Square was ‘defaced’ as thousands of Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets to condemn police brutality that led to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis
A central London statue of Winston Churchill was ‘vandalised’ by protesters with the word 'racist' scribbled on the monument. Protesters also pinned a poster to the memorial at the with the words "Black Lives Matter".
During another protest at Bristol, a statue of a 17th century slave trader and philantropist Edward Colston was dragged to nearby Bristol harbour and thrown in the water.
Activists of staged in rallies in several other cities including Manchester, Newcastle, Cardiff and Watford following the death of George Floyd.
A highly celebrated war time leader, Churchill is often posthumously voted by his countrymen as the greatest Briton. However Churchill has faced questions over the 1943 famine in Bengal, where over 3 million Indians perished, largely as a result of catastrophic mismanagement by British.
Colston, widely credited with playing an instrumental role in developing Bristol in the 17th century, was also a prominent slave trader who made enormous fortune out of it . Historians say he shipped 84,000 Africans to the Americas.
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