Archbishop says statues have to be checked

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Archbishop Justin Welby

The Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested that some statues in the Church of England's places of worship must "fall" after global unrest about racism.

Justin Welby spoke to BBC Radio 4's Today show when he said the church was examining statues in their buildings and how to "put them in context."

"Some names have to change," he said, although he added that it wasn't his decision.

When asked if forgiveness should be extended to people remembered in the form of statues as an alternative to demolition, he said: "I mean, the church, gosh, you just walk around Canterbury Cathedral, it There are monuments everywhere or Westminster Abbey and we look at all of that and some have to go down.

"But yes, there can be forgiveness, I hope and pray when we get together, but only if there is justice.

"If we change our behavior now and say that it was then and we learned from it, and change how we will be international in the future."

After the death of unarmed black man George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, protests against Black Lives Matter took place across the UK.

The protests have forced local councils and institutions to review statues and monuments after some have been toppled, such as the Bristol slave trader Edward Colston.

After the outbreak of protests in Britain, the Church of England apologized for its links to slavery and said it was a "source of shame".

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