The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has ordered a review of the statues and the names of the streets of the British capital after protesters against racism toppled the statue of an English slaver. On 9 June, according to Reuters.
Statue of Edward Colston, who in the 17th century, grew rich on the trade of West African slaves, was demolished and abandoned at Bristol harbour on June 7 a group of demonstrators taking part in wave of protests after the death of the African-American George Floyd in the United States.
Khan said that the Commission will review the statues, plaques and street names dedicated leaders of the British Empire under the Queen Victoria where the state became one of the most powerful in the world.
He also added that some of the monuments dismantled. The conviction of Khan, we must recognize that a significant part of the wealth of Britain and in particular London, was achieved thanks to the slave trade.
According to Reuters, in the 15-19 centuries, approximately 17 million African men, women and children were deported by the slavers. Many of them died in the harsh conditions, and those who survived worked on plantations of sugar, tobacco and cotton. Britain abolished the transatlantic slave trade in 1807.
6 June in London rally “Justice for George Floyd”. The demonstration took place despite the fact that the government and police in Britain is not recommended to engage people in mass meetings.
Protests against racism has swept across the world after the death of the African-American George Floyd’s in the American Minneapolis. He died may 25 after a tough police detention. Forensic examination confirmed that the death was caused by strangulation (a police officer with his knee pinned Floyd to the asphalt, becoming on his neck).
The destruction of the man triggered massive protests (often accompanied by riots and acts of vandalism), first in Minneapolis and later in other American cities.
In clashes in nine States, killed 11 people, among them – both police and demonstrators.
Four employees of police of Minneapolis, who participated in the arrest of Floyd, was charged.