Massive Attack Say Colston Statue “Should Never Have Been A Public Monument”

The Bristol group are happy the statue has fallen...

Bristol legends Massive Attack have spoken about the toppling of the Colston statue in their home city.

The statue was felled during a Black Lives Matter protest, with the monument subsequently being toppled into the River Avon.

A philanthropist who donated widely to the Bristol's infrastructure, Colston's enormous wealth was amassed during the slave trade – he bought and sold up to 90,000 Black slaves, up to one tenth of whom died on the Atlantic journey.

The toppling of the statue has been a major news story, with Massive Attack joining in the celebrations.

Tweeting from their official account, the group said the statue "should never have been a public monument…"

"The elevation of a slave trader clashed badly with our civic identity," they added. "A philanthropy derived from crimes against humanity is as hollow as the statue itself."

Check out the tweets below.

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