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The 19th-century statue of slave owner Sir Thomas Picton is removed from Cardiff City Hall


The 19th-century statue of slave trader Sir Thomas Picton is said to be removed from Cardiff City Hall after increasing requests to remove the figure amid protests against Black Lives Matter.

Today construction workers have started to dismantle the controversial marble statue, which is now enclosed in a wooden boxAfter the councilors agreed, it should be removed at a Cardiff Council vote on Thursday.

At the meeting, councilors said Picton's "hideous" behavior as governor of Trinidad means that he "doesn't deserve a place in the heroes of Wales collection". 57 decided to remove the statue, five voted against the move and nine abstained.

The move takes place just a month after protesters' statue of slave trader Edward Colston was overthrown in Bristol.

Picton was born on August 24, 1758 and was the highest ranking officer in the British Army who was killed in the Battle of Waterloo.

However, the senior officer was also known to have used the slave trade to build up his sizeable fortune, and in 1806 he was also found guilty of torturing Luisa Calderon, a 14-year-old mixed race girl, during his rule over the Caribbean Island .

Workers began boxing the statue of slave trader Sir Thomas Picton today after city councilors voted to remove it from Cardiff City Hall

A worker places wooden boards around the marble statue

The statue is now enclosed in a wooden box

A wooden box (left and right) is placed around the statue after Cardiff's council voted on Thursday to remove the controversial figure

The monument dedicated to Picton has been in Cardiff City Hall since 1916, when it was unveiled by future Prime Minister David Lloyd George

The monument dedicated to Picton has been in Cardiff City Hall since 1916, when it was unveiled by future Prime Minister David Lloyd George

The Picton memorial has been in Cardiff City Hall since 1916, when it was unveiled by Prime Minister David Lloyd George as part of a series entitled "Heroes of Wales".

Cardiff's first black mayor, Dan De & # 39; Ath, called for the removal of the "sadistic 19th century slave owner" statue after the slave dealer Edward Colston's statue was toppled during a Black Lives Matter march in Bristol in June .

Mr. De & # 39; Ath said: "I am thrilled. I think the way Cardiff did it was the right one. We used democratic means to break it down.

& # 39; Most people have given us incredible support. They recognize the meaning of the statue and what an insult it is to black people. Black lives are important.

“It is therefore inappropriate to commemorate and celebrate a person like Picton, who caused so much suffering, death and misery during his time as governor of Trinidad.

& # 39; Statues are not just about history. It's about celebrating the lives of the people they represent and representing certain values. These are not the values, he is not the person, and these are not the deeds that we want to celebrate and recognize in Cardiff today. & # 39;

Mr. De & # 39; Ath said the decision to remove the statue was "of particular importance" to him because of his own family history.

Workers start laying wooden boards around the monument this morning after 57 city councilors decided to remove it from the town hall

Workers start laying wooden boards around the monument this morning after 57 city councilors decided to remove it from the town hall

Picton's monuments were removed with an increasing reputation for having the statue removed in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement

Picton's monuments were removed with an increasing reputation for having the statue removed in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement

The statue of Picton, the highest officer who was killed in the Battle of Waterloo, is not visible

The statue of Picton, the highest officer who was killed in the Battle of Waterloo, is not visible

During a Cardiff Council vote, 57 rules for statue removal, five voted against the move, and nine abstained

During a Cardiff Council vote, 57 rules for statue removal, five voted against the move, and nine abstained

A construction worker places a wooden board around the statue of Picton after the Cardiff Council said that the "hideous" behavior of the slave trader as governor of Trinidad means that he "does not deserve a place in the Heroes of Wales collection".

A construction worker places a wooden board around the statue of Picton after the Cardiff Council said that the "hideous" behavior of the slave trader as governor of Trinidad means that he "does not deserve a place in the Heroes of Wales collection".

“I'm not just black, my father came from Antigua, an island in the Caribbean. He was almost certainly a descendant of slaves himself, "he said.

& # 39; That means a lot. A lot for me and other black people out there in the community. & # 39;

An application to remove the statue from Cardiff City Hall is now being filed with the Welsh government because the building is a listed building.

Sir Thomas Picton: hero of Waterloo who became the "tyrant of Trinidad"

Where is the statue

In Cardiff City Hall

Who wants their statue removed?

Cardiff Mayor Daniel De & # 39; Ath asked the council to remove the state in an open letter supported by Council President Huw Thomas.

who was he?

A military officer who had a successful career before being killed in the Battle of Waterloo. He was the governor of Trinidad from (1797–1803).

What has he done?

The bad:

  • Known as the "Tyrant of Trinidad" for his "arbitrary and brutal" rule over the island
  • His motto was "Let them hate as long as they are afraid".
  • Ordered the torture of a 14-year-old girl accused of theft

The good:

  • The senior officer killed the fight with Wellington in Waterloo

Cadw, the Welsh government's historic environmental service, is asked for advice. The final decision is expected to be announced in December.

On Thursday evening, the city councilors voted to remove the statue from the heroes' marble hall with 57 votes, five against and nine abstentions.

The request for removal of the statue was submitted by Saeed Ebrahim of Labor, who tweeted after the vote: "I will not lose the symbolism of me, a black man who submits this request for the removal of a slave statue."

Mr. Ebrahim leads a task force set up by Council President Huw Thomas to work with black Cardiff communities to understand the support they want from city officials.

Mr Thomas, who had previously described the statue as an "affront" to the blacks, said: "In the course of the Black Lives Matter movement, there have become known calls for a reassessment of how people in British history are involved in slavery .

In Cardiff in particular, the debate focused on the statue of Sir Thomas Picton in City Hall.

& # 39; I am pleased that our Council made the decision to remove this statue and I am also pleased that this decision was made after a public debate and a democratic vote.

“Although such gestures are important, they cannot distract us from the more difficult task of addressing the challenges that the black communities face today.

In 1806, nine years before Picton became the senior officer killed in the Battle of Waterloo, he was found guilty of torturing a 14-year-old mixed race girl during his rule over the Caribbean island.

The girl, Louisa Calderon, was tortured to make her confess to having stolen from a businessman she was living with as a lover, and was hung with a rope on one arm over a thorn in the ground.

He was never convicted, and two years later the ruling was overturned in another trial.

The move takes place just a few weeks after a portrait of Picton the Queen hangs in Windsor Castle, has changed the associated gallery and online description to include his links to slavery.

Historical details of the Picton painting have been changed to include a reference to the torture of a slave woman as the "Tyrant of Trinidad".

The Royal Collection Trust's physical register in the gallery and website now describe the history of his cruelty as governor of the island.

This gloomy part of the British Army's officer story had not previously been mentioned.

Cardiff's first black mayor, Dan De & # 39; Ath, demanded the removal of the "sadistic 19th century slave owner" statue after the slave dealer Edward Colston's statue

Cardiff's first black mayor, Dan De & # 39; Ath, demanded the removal of the "sadistic 19th century slave owner" statue after the slave dealer Edward Colston's statue

In June, Mr De & # 39; Ath said he was asking the council to remove the slave trader's statue

In June, Mr De & # 39; Ath said he was asking the council to remove the slave trader's statue

The statue is removed from the Heroes of Wales collection in Cardiff City Hall (pic)

The statue is removed from the Heroes of Wales collection in Cardiff City Hall (pic)

Picton & # 39; s is the first to be changed in the Royal Collection Trust, whose 250,000-strong art collection includes exhibits at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.

It is now said that "Picton's criminal administration of Trinidad and its subjects", the enforcement of strict penal codes, has been the subject of contemporary controversy in Britain and the West Indies.

He was brought to justice in London in 1806 and charged with torturing practices under his jurisdiction in prisons.

"He was later exonerated in part because, although he had committed illegal acts that were inappropriate for his role as military governor, he had the right to torture prisoners, but was recognized under Spanish law at the time."

In early July, Prime Minister Mark Drakeford ordered an "urgent review" of statues, street and building names to regulate Wales' links to the slave trade, led by the country's first black councilor, Gaynor Legall.

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