London Thousands of protesters joined rallies in several cities across Britain on Saturday as part of a bill for a “weekend of national action” that would give police more powers to block protests.
The purpose of police, crime, sentencing and courts is to tighten measures officials can take to disperse demonstrations, such as the imposition of time and noise limits, which activists fear will be used to curb dissent.
On Saturday, the “Kill the Bill” march was held in dozens of cities including London, Manchester and Bristol, with support from large activist groups such as the Delinquency Rebellion, Advocates of Climate Change and the Black Movement.
Jeremy Corbyn, a former leader of the opposition Labor Party, said that out of several thousand people who joined the protest, I am here to protect the rights of former leaders and organizations in our society. In central London.
“These demonstrations, 50 of them today, will make a difference,” he told Reuters in front of the Houses of Parliament.
There have been sporadic protests since the bill was introduced in Parliament last month. In Bristol, southwest England, demonstrations have turned violent, with officers and a police station attacked with bricks and glass bottles and setting fire to police vehicles.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the officers an “embarrassing attack”, but critics accused the police of using overly harsh tactics.
On the day of the extinction rebellion, which came to a halt in parts of London in early 2019, some politicians pushed police officers to prevent undue disruption.