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The statue of slave trader Robert Milligan outside the London Docklands museum in central London was pulled down on June 9, after city officials decided the statue was not acceptable to the public.

The move took place when the protest movement demanding equality for people of color broke out in London and many British cities, after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was pinned to death by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota,

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he is forming a committee to review monuments in the British capital and that many statues related to imperialism may be removed from locations in the city.

`It is uncomfortable to admit that the slave trade contributed a large part of the wealth to the prosperity of our nation and city. But the contribution of other communities to life in the capital

He removed the statue of an 18th-century slave trader

The statue of Robert Milligan outside the London Docklands museum was removed on June 9.

The move comes days after protesters in the English port city of Bristol toppled a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston in the city center and threw it into the river.

In many other parts of Britain, protesters also demanded the removal of statues of businessmen and politicians linked to imperialism, including Cecil Rhodes, at Oxford University.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged the `harsh reality` that people of color in the UK have experienced discrimination, but he also warned against those who attack police or desecrate public monuments.

Floyd died on May 25 after former police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes in the city of Minneapolis, accused of spending counterfeit money.

Floyd’s funeral was held on June 9, attended by hundreds of people at Fountain of Praise Church, Houston, Texas, his hometown, and broadcast live on television.

The protests against racial injustice and police violence after Floyd’s death have not `cooled down` and have spread from Minneapolis to many American cities and many countries around the world.

Mai Lam (According to Aljazeera)

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