Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol lower the statue of a 17th century slave trader

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Protesters from the Black Lives Matter shot a statue of a 17th-century slave trader in Bristol, which has many monuments bearing his name in the city.

Images on social media show protesters who shot an Edward Colston statue off its base during protests on Sunday in College Green, Bristol.

By the end of the 17th century, slave ships belonging to Colston were said to have transported tens of thousands of people from Africa to the Americas.

Colston has a large presence in Bristol, where many schools, buildings and charities bear his name.

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