Statement from the Mayor of Bristol: Protest

07 Jun 2020

Statement from the Mayor of Bristol

Statement from Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol

“Today’s protest saw around 10,000 people take to the city streets to stand against injustice and racism, with many more joining in at home by Taking the Knee. Thank you to everyone who took part peacefully and respected the need to protect their communities as the Covid-19 pandemic continues.

“I know the removal of the Colston Statue will divide opinion, as the statue itself has done for many years. However it’s important to listen to those who found the statue to represent an affront to humanity and make the legacy of today about the future of our city, tackling racism and inequality.    I call on everyone to challenge racism and inequality in every corner of our city and wherever we see it.”

Banners left around the Colston statue base will be preserved for display in the M Shed.