Hundreds of demonstrators joined marches and rallies across Britain on Saturday as a part of a “national weekend of action” against a proposed new law that might give police extra powers to curb protests.The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill would toughen measures officers can fancy disperse demonstrations, like imposing time and noise limits, which campaigners and activists fear would be wont to curb dissent.
Since the bill was brought before parliament last month, there are sporadic protests, notably in Bristol, southwest England, where demonstrations turned violent with officers and a police headquarters bombarded with bricks and glass bottles and police vehicles assail fire.Prime Minister Boris Johnson criticised what he described as “disgraceful attacks” on officers, but protesters have accused police of using heavy-handed tactics.
On Saturday, global climate change group Extinction Rebellion (XR) and therefore the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement joined other activists for “kill the bill” rallies in London and other towns and cities, including Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and Brighton.
“The government try to curtail protests - especially BLM and XR - that's what this bill is all about. we would like the clauses during this bill about protests quashed,” said Mark Duncan, one among a crowd of quite 500 marching through central London, banging drums and chanting.
Days of protests by Extinction Rebellion paralysed parts of London in early 2019, action which fuelled calls from some politicians for the police to tend the tougher powers to stop excessive disruption.Demonstrations had not been permitted while a coronavirus lockdown was in situ , but restrictions were eased in the week , meaning organised rallies can plow ahead providing they're “COVID secure”.
In London, police warned, “enforcement action are going to be taken, if needed, within the interests of public health”.Some senior officers have said the “kill the bill” tag was deliberately provocative as “the bill” may be a nickname in Britain for the police.