UK protesters pull down statue of slave trader, kneel on neck

A statue of a slave trader in Bristol, England has been pulled down and knelt on by anti-racism protesters. 

This is the second consecutive weekend of protests in the UK after the death of George Floyd in the US.

Amid loud cheers demonstrators used ropes to pull down the bronze statue of Edward Colston, a 17th Century slave trader, and then a protester posed with his knee on the figure's neck. 

This action was in reference to the way unarmed African-American George Floyd died, after a police officer knelt on his neck on May 25 in the US. 

The police officer involved in his death has been charged with second-degree murder, and three more involved charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

Later in the day, the statue was pulled through the streets and thrown into the harbour.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that the protests had been "subverted by thuggery".

The monument which had been standing in the city since 1895, has divided people with multiple petitions created to have it removed. 

Home Secretary Priti Patel believed the removal of the statue was "utterly disgraceful", saying that "it speaks to the acts of public disorder that have become a distraction from the cause people are protesting about".

Protests supporting the 'Black Lives Matter' movement have gained traction throughout England with thousands of people defying coronavirus lockdown laws to stand in solidarity.

Over the weekend protesters turned up outside the US embassy in London, marching towards Parliament Square and Downing Street, ignoring public health warnings.