Dozens of people have gathered around the Cenotaph in Bristol city centre for an ‘All Lives Matter’ protest.
The group of mainly white men can be seen holding banners which say ‘All Lives Matter’, along with an explanation about why they have gathered at the war memorial this afternoon (Saturday, June 13).
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In follows on from a Black Lives Matter protest which took place last Sunday (June 7), which saw 10,000 people flood into The Centre and the statue of Edward Colston pulled down.
In the aftermath, Avon and Somerset police chief Andy Bennett told Bristol Live the only bit of real tension during the day he saw was when he went over to the Cenotaph, where he found a group of people guarding it.
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The police chief told Bristol Live they were ‘right wing’, ‘came down to argue’ and were ‘unhappy about Colston’.
Today a sign put up reads: “Listen Andy Bennett – we are NOT FAR RIGHT, just ordinary people of all races from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff, Newport etc. united to defend the cenotaph, to defend the memory of people who died so that we are able to have the freedom to protest.”
Bristol Live understands those comments have angered those who were there around the Cenotaph, who said the police chief had misunderstood and then misrepresented what happened.