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RACISTS vandalised the grave of an enslaved African man in an apparent “retaliation attack” yesterday after protesters pulled down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol.
The headstone of Scipio Africanus, who lived in the city in the 18th century, was smashed and a message scrawled on a flagstone nearby.
It read: “Put Colston’s statue back or things will really heat up.”
Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees called for the public to refrain from “tit-for-tat” racially motivated attacks.
“[Scipio’s grave] is an iconic piece of Bristol’s history and that has been smashed in two with a message left scrawled on the floor around that,” he said.
Police said they were investigating a report of criminal damage, which they believed happened between midday on Tuesday and 8am on Wednesday.
The attack comes two weeks after Black Lives Matter protesters hauled a statue of Colston, who was involved in the enslavement of 80,000 Africans, off its plinth and rolled it into the harbour.
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