Protesters in the UK have torn down a Statue Of Merchant Edward Colston, a slave trader in Bristol:

Anti-apartheid protesters in England have pulled down a statue of a 17th-century slave trader in solidarity with the US Black Lives Matter movement.

Protesters in the south-west town of Bristol scatter the bronze statue of Edward Colston in a nearby crowd before shouting at him.

Protesters later turned the statue into a nearby port and threw it into the Avon River.

Although the incident has caused a lot of celebration among protesters, local police say an investigation into the incident has been launched.

Avon and Somerset's police said in a statement on Sunday that "there was a small gang of criminals trying to pull down a statue near Bristol Harbourside," Avon and Somerset's police said on Sunday.

Investigations will be carried out to identify those involved and we are already collaborating on footage of the incident.

The statue of Edward Colston has stood in the city centre of Bristol since 1895, but it has been demanded to be removed and has become increasingly controversial.

The Bristol Museum of Website describes Edward Colston as a "respected social worker / condemned slave trader." It states that he was born in the city in 163636, but spent his career in London.

The site said Edward Colston gave most of his fortune to charities with restrictions to make sure the beneficiary matched his religious affiliations.

An estimated 10,000 people took part in the Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol on Sunday, local police said.

"Most of those who came to express their concerns about racial discrimination and injustice did so peacefully and with respect," Avon and Somerset's police said.


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