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A British court has acquitted four people accused of damaging a slave trader statue in Bristol

A British court has acquitted four people accused of damaging a slave trader statue in Bristol

A British court has released three men and a woman who took part in the destruction of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Britain during a demonstration of the “Black Lives Matter” movement in 2020.

On June 7, 2020, this controversial statue was removed from Bristol (southwest) several years ago, and then dumped in the waters of the Avon River, which crosses the city, amid outrage that engulfed the United States and the world after the massacre. George Floyd, a black American man arrested last month.

Four defendants, aged 22 and 33, were interrogated for vandalism and admitted their involvement in the facts, but challenged the criminal nature of their actions and pleaded not guilty in the case, and the prestigious arbitral tribunal upheld their position.

The decision was made after more than two weeks of hearings in a Bristol court with the cheers of relatives of the accused.

As he left the courtroom, he thanked everyone who protested on behalf of defendant Ryan Graham “in the name of equality.” “The only thing we know is that Colston does not represent us,” he said. Results.

Four defendants wore T-shirts designed by street artist Banksy in support of them. The gray T-shirts are printed with a rope on the pedestal of a plain statue, and above is the city of “Bristol”, the birthplace of the graffiti artist.

The total damage is estimated at ,000 4,000 (approximately, 4,700).

Edward Colston made his fortune through the slave trade, selling between 100,000 West African slaves in the Caribbean and the United States between 1672 and 1689, setting aside his wealth to fund Bristol’s development and earning him a reputation as a philanthropist. .

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His statue was recovered by local authorities, and a year later he became the center of a makeshift exhibition in Bristol in memory of the Black Lives Matter movement in the UK.

Many prominent British companies, such as the Bank of England or Lloyds, which insured slave ships, apologized, and many local authorities, such as the City of London, decided to remove the idols associated with slavery.

In Bristol, two schools and one showroom have been renamed Colston.