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Protesters against policing bill clash with officers in Bristol

A demonstrator gestures near a burning police van during a protest against a new proposed policing bill in Bristol. (Photo by Reuters)

Police and protesters have clashed in the city of Bristol in southwest England at a demonstration dubbed 'Kill the Bill', in reference to the attempts to stop the Government's proposed law which would give police and the Home Secretary increased powers to stop protests.

Thousands of protesters converged on the city centre on Sunday, defying COVID-19 restrictions banning such gatherings and ignoring an appeal from the local police force to express their views by joining virtual protests.

The Bill also makes a special new law to protect monuments and statues, in the wake of the toppling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston, with the crime of damaging them punishable by up to ten years in prison.

This afternoon's protest was shared by many of Bristol's leading campaign groups, including Extinction Rebellion and the city's Black Lives Matter movement. 

The 'Kill the Bill' rally in Bristol saw a police station attacked, while some officers suffer broken bones and a number of police vehicles set alight.

 


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