Cops Hurt, Vehicles Set Afire In Protest Against Policing Bill In England

Daniel Fowler
March 22, 2021

Rioters smashed the windows of the police station and also targeted police vans parked nearby.

John Apter, national chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: "This is not about protecting the right to protest, it's violent criminality from a hardcore minority who will hijack any situation for their own aims".

The man suspected of Ms Everard's murder is a police officer, and the case has unleashed an outpouring of grief and rage over the issue of violence against women and girls.

At least nine cars had the windscreens smashed in and vandalised as a wave of violent protest hit Bristol last night.

Sue Mountstevens, police and crime commissioner for the Avon and Somerset region, said seven people have been arrested but that there would be "many more" detained.

"It wasn't people frustrated with the lack of ability to protest - this was people intent on causing serious disorder, violence and damage, people with a grudge against policing".

The York Tab spoke to York Student Solidarity Network who said: "We've seen our right to protest slowly stripped away over the pandemic".

Home Secretary Priti Patel has also branded the scenes "unacceptable" and said "thuggery and disorder" would never be tolerated.

Riot police, with police horses behind them, move down Rupert Street in Bristol.

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"These scenes are absolutely disgraceful and they will be widely condemned by people across the city".

"Officers have been subjected to considerable levels of abuse and violence".

"One officer suffered a broken arm and another suffered broken ribs".

"They've had projectiles thrown at them, including a firework, and have been verbally abused".

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill would give officers in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed to be too noisy or a nuisance.

Those convicted under the proposed legislation could face a fine or jail.

Many attendees in Bristol wore face masks and carried placards with slogans such as: "Say no to United Kingdom police state", "Freedom to protest is fundamental to democracy", and "Kill the Bill".

A vigil in her memory in London turned violent after some participants clashed with police as they were trying to disperse the crowd amid coronavirus restrictions, with people banned from gathering.

"Enforcement action will be taken retrospectively when necessary and proportionate".

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