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A group of British Black Lives Matter vandals who’d ripped down a statue of a 17th-century parliamentarian and slave trader in Bristol and replaced it with a sculpture of one of their proud members/vandals, Jen Reid, got some bad news Thursday.
“Workers removed the resin-and-steel statue of Ms. Reid at dawn Thursday, 24 hours after it was put up, bringing a swift curtain down on an act of guerrilla art that attracted widespread attention but did not impress city leaders,” The New York Times confirmed.
Nice try, though …
The report emerged hours after Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees, a black man, issued a statement making it clear how he felt about the act of vandalism:
I understand people want expression, but the statue has been put up without permission.
Anything put on the plinth outside of the process we’ve put in place will have to be removed.
The people of Bristol will decide its future. https://t.co/dEsZF9kNRt
— Marvin Rees (@MarvinJRees) July 15, 2020
“The sculpture that has been installed today was the work and decision of a London based artist. It was not requested and permission was not given for it to be installed,” he said.
However, he expressed interest in finding a permanent replacement for the original statue of 17th-century figure Edward Colston that had sat on the plinth.
“We have established a history commission which will help us tell our full city history. As we learn this fuller history including the part played by black people, women, the working class, trade unions, and children among others, we will be in a better position to understand who we are, how we got here and who we wish to honour,” he said.
“Crucial to our heritage has been the harbour and the docks, manufacturing and industry, research and innovation, transport, slum clearances, housing, modern gentrification and faith. As the commission shares this information, the city will decide on city memorials and the future of the plinth.”
And so for now, the plinth will apparently remain empty.
The new statue of Jen Reid has been removed from the plinth by Bristol City Council this morning. pic.twitter.com/dUFYN4wq3Y
— Anthony Ward (@Anth0ny_Ward) July 16, 2020
— Pete Simson (@SimsonPete) July 16, 2020
— Bin The Labour Party (@binlabour) July 16, 2020
According to reports, the original statue of Colston that had been sitting on the plinth since 1895 was toppled by BLM extremists last month and thrown in the Bristol Harbor.
After retrieving the statue, the Bristol City Council announced that it would not be returning to the plinth — that it’d instead be placed in a museum:
Early this morning we retrieved the statue of Colston from Bristol Harbour. It is being taken to a secure location before later forming part of our museums collection. pic.twitter.com/moRG8AnNYa
— Bristol City Council (@BristolCouncil) June 11, 2020
This Wednesday, the extremists returned and installed another statue on the plinth — that of Reid, a BLM extremist who’d gone viral earlier for standing on the plinth while holding up a “black power” fist.
She’s since been heralded as some sort of heroic figure …
“Racism is a huge problem, a virus that needs to be addressed. I hope this sculpture will continue that dialogue, keep it in the forefront of people’s minds, be an energy conductor,” the sculptor who created the statue, Marc Quinn, said to The Guardian.
“The image created by Jen that day – when she stood on the plinth with all the hope of the future of the world flowing through her – made the possibility of greater change feel more real than it has before.”
#UnitedKingdom | A new sculpture by local artist Marc Quinn, depicting #BlackLivesMatter protester Jen Reid, stands on the plinth where the Edward Colston statue used to rest in Bristol.#England #BristolStatue pic.twitter.com/mTwPXXdixl
— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) July 16, 2020
A sculpture of a Black Lives Matter protester has replaced a slave trader statue in the UK.
— CNN (@CNN) July 15, 2020
But she’s not a hero — she’s a radical who’s affiliated with a radical, Marxist organization that seeks to dismantle modern society and replace it.
Watch below as a Bristol BLM extremist — possibly Reid, though it’s not clear — speaks a bit about what she and her peers want:
— Bin The Labour Party (@binlabour) July 15, 2020
“Racism thrives on capitalism. The back of racism is capitalism. And they say about education we need a black militia. I ain’t scared of no terrorist group. The police is no different from the KKK. They stand around and protect statues and buildings instead of people,” the woman says.
No, the authorities try to protect historical monuments and BUSINESSES such as the business once owned by Minneapolis firefighter Korboi Balla, who lost everything two months ago when BLM extremists here in the states burnt down his sports bar.
It’s not clear why the lives of people like Balla — among many others — don’t matter an iota to BLM extremists (or “heroes,” according to the left) like Reid …
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