UK: Bristol locals react after toppled slave trader statue replaced with BLM figure

Bristol residents had differing opinions towards the newly erected Black Lives Matter protester statue, which replaced the statue slave trader Edward Colston's early on Wednesday morning. The new statue entitled ‘A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020’ is by artist Mark Quinn. It is a sculpture of protester Jen Reid, who was photographed standing on top of a plinth after the slave trader Edward Colston’s statue was taken down and thrown into the harbour during a Black Lives Matter Protest. One resident Vincent said he liked the statue he said it was a significant moment when parts of Bristol’s white population decided “we are just going to take that down” adding “the way that it happened meant that it was taken down by white people and instantly it was given to black people as a platform.” Others were not so pleased by the manner in which the statue was erected as it did not receive the council’s approval. “Nothing wrong with it at all, as long as it was done in the right way it should've gone in front of a committee or something and I would've welcomed that statue, you know what I mean,» said Ray.

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