London mayor announces review of monuments after slaver’s statue toppled

first_imgOn Sunday, anti-racism protesters at a demonstration in the port city of Bristol tore down a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston and threw it into the harbor, sparking a wider debate on monuments around the country.Khan said protesters should follow the law and discouraged mass protests due to the risk of spreading coronavirus, but he said that London should have a national memorial to slavery, as well as more statues “of people that reflect our society.”Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the removal of Colston’s statue as a “criminal act.”In a statement to British Afro-Caribbean newspaper The Voice on Monday, he reiterated that “those who attack public property or the police … will face the full force of the law.”But Johnson also acknowledged the “undeniable feeling of injustice” and widespread discrimination against people of color, adding: “You are right, we are all right, to say Black Lives Matter; and to all those who have chosen to protest peacefully and who have insisted on social distancing — I say, yes of course I hear you, and I understand.” Also On POLITICO How a slave trade statue highlights divided Britain By Emilio Casalicchio George Floyd death: Thousands protest in London By Andrew McDonald London Mayor Sadiq Khan set up a commission to review the capital’s landmarks Tuesday after Black Lives Matter protesters in Bristol toppled a slaver’s statue.The Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm will look into increasing the representation of black and ethnic minority groups, women, the LGBTI community and people with disabilities.“When you look at the public realm — street names, street squares, murals — not only are there some of slavers that I think should be taken down, and the Commission will advise us on that, but we don’t have enough representation of people of color, black people, women, those from the LGBT community,” Khan said on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday.last_img

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