Supporters of the 4 Colston Statue Topplers facing Trial are mobilising in the coming weeks, making the point that #WeAllToppledColston, and we stand with the 4 persecuted protesters picked on by the police & CPS, after the statue was toppled and tossed into the Bristol harbour on 7th June 2020 by many hundreds of people, during a huge #BlackLivesMatter protest.
As well as a big #WeToppledColston Fundraiser at Trinity Centre (see below) on Thursday 11 November, plans are also underway for solidarity protests outside the Trial at Bristol Crown Court, starting on Monday 13 December (see FB event)…and lasting for upto 8 days. We understand other actions are being discussed, potentially focusing on the Society of Merchant Ventuers SMV) – who cheerleaded for Colston for centuries & defended the mass murdering slave-trader’s historical myths; and also perhaps taking in Bristol Council, where the Labour Mayor and senior officers have been complicit in the police investigation & subsequent prosecution. We note that since June 2021 the Council made Colston the centrepiece of it’s ‘Colston – What Next’ display at the M Shed – when instead they could have just made it a small part of an exhibition explaining Bristol’s historic central role in the transatlantic slave trade, and proposing what we need to do to properly remember all those who suffered and died as a result of that. Their mistake.
But first up, in true Bristol style…it’s party & protest time! The @GladColstonsGone coalition of solidarity (on FB & Instagram) have pulled together an awesome line-up at Trinity Centre on 11 November. They say (from FB event):
If you want to donate directly to the Topplers Defence Fund crowdfunder, here’s the link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/gladcolstonsgone-support-the-bristol-topplers-d
Trial Solidarity & Support
The 4 Colston Statue Topplers face a Trial that will include complex legal arguments, but boils down to a simple question – wasn’t it right that, after a century of objections, dissent & protest were met with zero response by the politicians and the Bristol ruling elite (ie the SMV), a statue memorialising a genocidal slave-trading bigot was no longer acceptable in our city, and had to be removed by the people?
The Trial is expected to last upto 8 days, the right verdict would surely spoil the Tories xmas roast, and lead to much frothing at their mouths.
Plans are afoot to ensure solidarity & support for the 4 defendants outside the court – get updates and info via the FB event (and see other links below).Info & Background – there’s a vast amount of info out there about the enslavement of peoples and the transatlantic slave trade in particular, you can start with these links to get a decent background of the Bristol context::
All our articles on the Colston Statue and Toppling
Bristol Radical History Group’s Colston project articles & research
Countering Colston campaign
GladColstonsGone coalition on FB
Updates via twitter – @CounterColston + @BrisRadHis + @alt_bristol_ + @bristoldefenda1
We all made history on the 7 June 2020, let’s make sure that those victimised by the structures of power are not left alone. Engage. Act.