January 7, 2022
From Alternative Bristol (UK)

There is a great video on the Colston4 verdict that can be found here. Here’s the blurb on the film;

Out of a crowd of ten thousand, four people were singled out and put on trial for the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol during a Black Lives Matter march. They came to be known as The Colston Four.

Widely praised and lauded by the many citizens of Bristol who had campaigned for the statue’s removal for decades, and condemned by government officials, the actions of The Colston Four sparked a polarising debate around race, equality and the celebration of problematic historical figures.

This film features exclusive interviews with the defendants and legal team, offering a glimpse at the people behind the headlines, as a 19 month long trial draws to a close.

This film is a follow on to one on the events of the day that Colston took a dip in the river.

On the topic, there has been the predictable right-wing outrage on the verdict. We’ve had senior Tories calling the verdict they don’t like ‘criminal’ (it is not criminal as a jury has formally ruled it not to be the case), setting a precedent (it is not, as by definition if a similar trial was held tomorrow, that jury are free to reach the opposite verdict) and that politicians must be allowed to ‘correct’ the verdict when a jury fails to reach the ‘right’ outcome (which just shows what an entitled bunch they are).

Still, it does distract people from the ongoing omnishambles of Tory corruption, COVID mismanagement and the collapse of Brexit.

Here are a few of the #Colston4 responses we thought of interest;

Source: Alternativebristol.com