LONDON — Fourteen protesters have been arrested in Bristol, in southwestern England, at a rally to denounce a policing invoice that might enact restrictions on peaceable demonstrations. The rally, a part of a wider motion in opposition to the proposed laws, got here after clashes within the metropolis on Sunday that left officers wounded and drew condemnation from officers.
About 200 individuals attended the protest on Tuesday evening, far fewer than the hundreds who took half within the demonstrations in Bristol on Sunday, however the gathering was damaged up by the authorities, citing coronavirus restrictions.
The police mentioned in a press release that reinforcements had been drafted in after “efforts to encourage individuals to go away had been unsuccessful.”
The police cited breaches of coronavirus guidelines and the obstruction of a freeway as the reason for arrest for the 14 individuals detained. One of many individuals arrested on Tuesday had additionally been held in reference to the violence on Sunday.
Claire Armes, chief superintendent of the Avon and Somerset police pressure, which covers Bristol, mentioned, “After the scenes of violence witnessed within the metropolis on the weekend, it was essential to usher in extra sources from our neighboring forces to make sure the protest was safely dropped at a swift conclusion.” Officers had requested protesters to maneuver on, she mentioned in a press release, however “there got here a time when enforcement was essential as gatherings are nonetheless not permitted.”
The most recent demonstrations come as tensions rise in Britain over the invoice, which might give the police sweeping powers to deal with nonviolent demonstrations in England and Wales, amongst different measures.
Demonstrations have been held throughout the nation to protest the invoice after it was thrust into the highlight within the wake of the killing of Sarah Everard. Anger on the techniques utilized by the police to interrupt up a vigil for Ms. Everard, 33, have fanned requires the proposed laws to be scrapped.