‘Not a good precedent!’ Calvin Robinson, a GMB guest, rages over the Colston 4’s acquittal.
Calvin Robinson, a GMB guest, slammed the acquittal of four protesters accused of assisting in the removal of Edward Colston’s statue in Bristol, warning that the decision sets “a bad precedent.”
Following their participation in a Black Lives Matter protest in Bristol last year, the four demonstrators were found not guilty of criminal damage.
Calvin Robinson, a guest on Good Morning Britain, slammed the decision, warning that the precedent could be used to justify others’ “vigilante mindset” in the future.
“I don’t believe it sets a good precedent,” he told Susanna Reid.
“Isn’t it almost vigilante, that you can just tear down a statue if you don’t agree with it?”
“You are correct in saying that they tried over the years to organize protests and petitions, and that is what they should have done.”
“Instead of asking for a referendum, they should have requested one.”
“It’s quite easy for Rhian and other people to say, ‘actually, this is our statue, we are people of Bristol, so we have a right to tear it down,” Mr Robinson continued, after acquitter Rhian Graham defended the decision.
“However, I’d like to know how she knows she speaks for the majority.”
“Because, if they own the statue, the majority of people have a say.”
We should hold a public referendum, just like any statue in a public square.
“People should vote on whether or not to keep it,” says the author.
“Do you want to leave it alone, or do you want to remove it?” he added.
“And if you want to take down the statue, we should do it properly and civilly, not by tearing it down or vandalism.”
Following an 11-day trial at Bristol Crown Court, Rhian Graham, 30, Milo Ponsford, 26, Sage Willoughby, 22, and Jake Skuse, 33, were acquitted of criminal damage on Wednesday.
Following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in the United States, the bronze Edward Colston statue was removed from its plinth and rolled into the water in June 2020.
Ms Graham also appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss her acquittal, arguing that because of the protest’s context, the verdict did not set a worrying precedent.
“I completely understand people’s concerns, and I don’t believe this is a green light for everyone to,” she said.
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