4 other people accused of toppling the statue of the slave dealer Edward Colston in Bristol are set to go on trial.
Rhian Graham, 30, Milo Ponsford, 26, Jake Skuse, 33, and Sage Willoughby, 22, had been charged with pulling down monument all through a Black Lives Matter protest in June closing yr.
the group, referred to as the “Colston Four”, were greeted by means of dozens of supporters waving banners as they arrived for the beginning of their 8-day trial on Monday, even as every other statue of King William III in Queen Square was wrapped in “fragile” tape.
A Few Of The indicators being held outdoor the court docket were messages together with “we’re happy to not see Colston on a pedestal anymore” and “team spirit with the Colston statue topplers”.
The four face accusations of causing felony harm, however have denied the fees.
Their trial is being heard via The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QUALITY CONTROL and prosecutor William Hughes QUALITY CONTROLS will open his case after a jury has been sworn in.
The toppling made headlines around the world and came about right through a Black Lives Subject rally in Bristol city centre following the homicide in the US of George Floyd.
It was pulled down all through a march and then dragged to the harbour and pushed into the water.
It was later recovered by way of Bristol Town Council and has been placed on display at a museum.