The UK protesters in the port city of Bristol, which was the centre of the British slave trade, tore down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston.
Protesters tear down the slave trader statue in the UK: On May 25, the world saw the death of George Floyd, an African-American man at the hands of a white, Minneapolis police officer.
The incident sparked nationwide opposition to police brutality and racial injustice in the United States, which quickly spread to Europe, where protesters expressed their solidarity with the American justice system.
The UK protesters in the port city of Bristol, which was the centre of the British slave trade, tore down the statue of slave trader Edward Colston, whose ships carried some 80,000 Africans to the United States.
Between 1695 and 1807, a total of 2,200 slave ships sailed from Bristol’s ports to the United States.
The opposition to the statue of slave trader Edward Colston is rooted in the desire for Great Britain to take greater responsibility for the damage caused by the slave trade. ‘
The Atlantic slave trade operated from the 16th to the 19th centuries, when ships from Great Britain, Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands and Denmark took slaves from colonial farms and plantations to the United States from West Africa to the United States.
It is estimated that between one and two million Africans died due to brutal conditions on slave ships.