It had been thrown in the water during a Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol. The statue of slave trader Edward Colston that was torn down by anti-racism protesters has been removed from Bristol Harbour.
Bristol City Council shared the video of the statue being lifted from the water on Thursday morning.
In a post shared on social media, the council wrote: “Early this morning we retrieved the statue of Colston from Bristol Harbour.
“It is being taken to a secure location before later forming part of our museums collection.”
It said the statue had to be removed because it is a “working harbour”.
peaking on Wednesday, Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees said the statue would be retrieved and displayed in a museum alongside Black Lives Matter placards from the recent protest so the 300-year story of slavery through to today’s fight for racial equality can be learnt about.
A consultation will be carried out to determine what will replace the statue.
Shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy said people decided to take action over the memorial because they felt their voices on racial issues were not being heard.
She said: “Why was that statue removed in the way that it was removed?
“Because for 20 years, protesters and campaigners had used every democratic lever at their disposal, petitions, meetings, protests, trying to get elected politicians to act, and they couldn’t reach a consensus and they couldn’t get anything done.
“Now this is reflective of what has happened to people of colour in this country and across the world for a very long time. We’ve had seven reviews into racial discrimination in this country in the last three years alone, and very few of those recommendations have been acted on.
“That is why people are so frustrated, and that’s the question we should be asking ourselves, is why is it so difficult for so many people to actually be heard and to pull the democratic leaders to get the democratic change that they need?”
By, Jenny Dakosta Van Mputu
Directeur Exécutif National
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