Thousands protest across England, Wales opposes police bill

Thousands marched across England and Wales on Saturday against a new bill that would give police the power to disperse devastating protests.

Protests against police, crime, sentencing and court bills have been more than two weeks since London police clashed with attendees at a rally to enforce COVID-19 by Sarah Ebarad, a 33-year-old woman who was killed last month. Continued. Limits. The bill was introduced just days before the conflict.

Saturday’s protest took place over a long Easter holiday weekend, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Liverpool, Bristol, and Cardiff, the capital of Wales.

Bill to cover Wide range of policy areasEmpowers police to “impose conditions on protests noisy enough to cause” threatening or harassing “or” serious anxiety, vigilance or distress “on bystanders,” and up to 10 sentences to damage the monument Extend to the year.

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Protesters marched from College Green during a Kill The Bill demonstration in Bristol, England, on April 3, 2021. (FinnbarrWebster / Getty Images)

Demonstrators held placards such as “KILL THE BILL” and “Defend Our Right to Protest”, and other posters included “CAPITALISM IS RACIST”, “Black Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter”.[expletive] Patriarchy. “

A small group of demonstrators blocked traffic, threw projectiles, and there was a clash between police and demonstrators, but police said the protests were almost peaceful.

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Police officers surround demonstrators participating in a “killing bill” protest against government police, crime, sentencing and court bills in central London, England, on April 3, 2021. (Tolga Akmen / AFP via Getty Images)

London protesters walked past Buckingham Palace to the Capitol, just outside the Capitol. A circle of police laid himself around the statue of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Parliament Square. The statue was tainted twice last year during the Black Lives Matter protest and the subsequent Extinction Rebellion protest.

Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn Dealing with the crowd Next to the Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament Square, it tells people to “stand up for the right to protest.”

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Former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks to protesters next to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Kilzaville protest at Parliament Square in London, England, on April 3, 2021. (Chris J Ratcliffe / Getty Images)

Commander Ade Adelecan of the Metropolitan Police Thank you A “majority” of protesters for adhering to social distance rules and working with officers said “despite the repeated efforts of officers in the field, a minority minority was not involved.” It was.

According to police, total 107 people were arrested Various crimes such as insecurity, violent disorder, assault on police, and violation of COVID-19 restrictions.

“A woman was arrested on suspicion of possessing aggressive weapons. The consequences of those arrested are awaiting,” police added.

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The pedestal, which held the statue of Colston that was knocked down during the Black Lives Matter protest in 2020, was protested during the Kill the Building demonstration in Bristol, England, on April 3, 2021. Boarded by. (Finnbarr Webster / Getty Images)

Approximately 1,500 people attended a demonstration in Bristol on Saturday, and two weeks ago, a “killing Bill” protest fell into widespread violence, injuring police officers, damaging police stations, and setting police cars on fire. I did.

The police said Saturday’s main event was peaceful, with about 100 people gathering late at night to temporarily occupy both roadways on the M32 freeway.

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Protesters blocked Newfoundland Road leading to M32 during the Kill the Bill protest in Bristol, England, on April 3, 2021. (FinnbarrWebster / Getty Images)

Police, crime, judgment and court bills were introduced in March as a result of investigations. Last year, it was commissioned by the Home Office after Black Lives Matter’s devastating protests and Extinction Rebellion’s protests caused road closures, newspaper print interruptions, and statue destruction. Police in England and Wales said they needed to be more robust about how to tackle protests that caused excessive turmoil.

Some argue that the bill risks violating the rights of those who protest peacefully.

Simon Veazey and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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