‘Kill The Bill’ protests held in cities
MULTIPLE Kill The Bill protests took place across England yesterday.
Rallies against the Government’s proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill were held in Finsbury Park in London, Leeds, Manchester and Southampton. Although the protests are lawful providing organisers submit a risk assessment and take steps to ensure the gatherings are safe, the Metropolitan Police had warned ahead of the event that the safety of the wider community was paramount. The force said: “Enforcement action will be taken, if needed, in the interests of public health.”
Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police introduced a 48-hour dispersal order for the city centre, to last until 3pm today. It means officers can direct anyone acting antisocially to leave the area.
The first Kill The Bill protest in Bristol on March 21 descended into a riot, with subsequent rallies on March 23 and 26 also ending in clashes between the police and protesters. A further demonstration on March 30 passed off peacefully.
The proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill would give police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests.