A statue of a slave trader in Bristol has been pulled down and dropped into the harbour during anti-racism protests.
The statue of Edward Colston, a 17th Century slave trader, has been located near Floating Harbor since 1895.
Videos posted to Twitter show the statue tumbling off its stand as protesters celebrate before throwing it into the harbour.
A demonstrator was seen kneeling on the statue’s neck, mimicking the knee placed on the neck of George Floyd, who died while being pinned down by Minneapolis police.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has since urged protesters to find another way to make their views heard.
Edward Colston was a member of the Royal African Company, who were responsible for transporting around 80,000 men, women and children from Africa to the Americas.
On his death he donated his wealth to various charities.
Bristol Live reported that Colston 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.
“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.”