The location of the Edward Colston statue has been edited on Google Maps and it's exactly what you think

Sanjana Varghese
Monday 08 June 2020 12:00
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Protesters took down a statue of Edward Colston, a slave trader from Bristol, over the weekend.

Protests around the world have grown in size for the last two weeks, since the death of a black man, George Floyd, at the hands of the police sparked a global conversation around police brutality and systemic racism.

Colston is a key figure in Bristol – streets, schools and a concert venue are named after him. The statue has been up since the end of the 19th century, and it’s been a source of much debate in Bristol over the last few years.

Over the weekend, protesters at the Black Lives Matter protest put ropes around the Colston statue and pulled it down. Then they rolled it down to Avon Lake.

A group of protesters gathered as they lowered it into the lake, to cheers and applause from the people gathered.

People acted quickly – they even updated the location on Google Maps to show the statue at the bottom of the lake.

Some people said that it was still showing up on the same avenue for them, but that someone had updated the opening times of the attraction to “permanently closed”.

Other people have pointed out that if you look it up on your phone, you’ll get some glitchy imagery showing the statue on the ground, probably just before it was rolled down to its watery demise.

Anyone can edit Google Maps, so someone has probably edited the location of the statue back to where it was on land, but it’s likely someone else will update the information on Google Maps – just for accuracy’s sake.

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