VIDEO: British protesters topple 125-year-old statue of notorious slave trader Edward Colston

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A slave trader’s statue in Bristol has been torn down and thrown into the harbor during a second day of anti-racism protests across the UK.

Black Lives Matter protestors on Sunday toppled the bronze statue of Edward Colston, a 17th century notorious slave trader, and dragged it into the Bristol harbor amid cheers.

The statue of Edward Colston, which had stood near Floating Harbor since 1895, was pulled down by protestors with ropes, then plunged into the water as thousands of demonstrators took over the streets of England on Sunday for a second day, the BBC reported.

Thousands took part in the protest on College Green in Bristol city centre

Video posted on Twitter shows the statue tumbling off its pedestal as protestors celebrate and dance around it.

One demonstrator was seen kneeling on the statue’s neck after it hit the ground, mimicking the knee placed on the neck of George Floyd, who died while being pinned down by Minneapolis police on May 25 and sparked worldwide protests against police brutality.

Protester knelt on the neck of the bronze statue of Colston

The notorious slave trader, Edward Colston, who died in 1721, was a successful merchant in Bristol when it was an important slave-trading port.

Crowd cheered as the statute was slowly pushed over the ledge and into the water.

He was considered an important figure in the growth of the city, but has been increasingly viewed as a controversial figure and a symbol of the growth of slavery and racial intolerance, Bristol Live said.

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A petition with more than 11,000 signatures has been circulating in the city to have the statue removed.

“Statues are about saying, “This was a great man who did great things,” historian David Olusoga told the BBC. “That is not true. He was a slave trader and a murderer.”

Thousands of protesters have made their way to the US Embassy near Vauxhall, south London

Protests sparked by Floyd’s death have erupted in dozens of cities across five continents outside of the US, where national protests entered their 13th day Sunday.

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