David Olusoga: I wanted to join protesters who tore down Colston statue

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Historian talks of ‘hugely emotional moment’ statue of Bristol slave trader was toppled

One of Britain’s most prominent historians, David Olusoga, has admitted he “desperately” wanted to join the protesters who tore down the statue of the slave owner Edward Colston in his home town of Bristol.

The broadcaster and historian said the dumping of the statue in Bristol’s harbour in June, part of the Black Lives Matter protests, was the most remarkable event of the summer.

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