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Protesters Given Taste of Their Own Medicine as Black Power Statue Gets Taken Down Day After Installation

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Anti-monument protesters were given a taste of their own medicine as a statue of their own creation was removed roughly 24 hours after it was first installed.

The statue, which depicts a woman raising her fist in a black power salute, was installed by activists early Wednesday morning in Bristol, England, according to Euronews. The spot was previously occupied by a monument torn down by protesters.

On Thursday, city council workers removed the new statue.

The statue — dubbed “A Surge of Power (Jen Reid) 2020,” according to the London-based outlet The Times — was installed without the local government’s permission.

Marc Quinn, the artist behind the work, based the design on Black Lives Matter activist Jen Reid after she was seen standing on the recently vacated plinth in June.

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The plinth where it was installed used to hold a statue that was razed during violent protests last month.

The original statue, that of merchant Edward Colston, was pulled down and thrown into a nearby harbor due to his dealings in the Atlantic slave trade. It is slated to “be placed in a museum, along with placards from the Black Lives Matter demonstration,” Euronews reported.

Despite not going through the proper procedures, supporters of the new monument want it to stay.

“I’d like the council to keep it here because obviously what it represents and who was there prior,” Reid told Euronews. “It’s a decision that they’re going to have to make.

Should the city have allowed the statue of Reid to stay?

“I think the most important thing is that something is up there replacing Edward Colston. And for people to discuss, educate, learn and just keep talking about, you know, BLM.”

The moment in which workers carefully removed the statue with a crane was caught on video:

This treatment sits in stark contrast to how protesters abused Colston’s monument.

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After violently pulling it down, rioters jumped on the statue and rolled it into a nearby body of water, from which the government later fished it out.

According to the Bristol City Council, the statue of Reid will be held until the artist either collects the work or donates it to the city’s collection.

The city also promised a “democratic process” in which residents will be able to “decide the future of the plinth.”

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Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard and is a husband, dad and aspiring farmer.
Jared has written more than 200 articles and assigned hundreds more since he joined The Western Journal in February 2017. He is a husband, dad, and aspiring farmer. He was an infantryman in the Arkansas and Georgia National Guard. If he's not with his wife and son, then he's either shooting guns or working on his motorcycle.
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