Bristol, UK. 7th June 2020. A statue of a 17th century slave trader in Bristol has been pulled down by Black Lives Matter protesters following a rally against the death of George Floyd and racial injustice. The bronze memorial to Edward Colston has stood in Bristol city centre since 1895, and has been the subject of controversy in recent years after campaigners argued he should not be publicly recognised by the town. Pictured: The broken plinth of the statue of Edward Colston is surrounded by Black Lives Matter placards and messages.