London, April 4
A total 107 people have been arrested after clashes between officers and demonstrators at a “Kill the Bill” protest in central London on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police has said.
The so-called “Kill the Bill” demonstrations also took place in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Brighton, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Luton to protest against the Police and Crime Bill – which propose to give police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those which are deemed too noisy or a nuisance.
Anyone refusing to follow police directions about a protest could be fined up to 2,500 pounds under the law.
Former Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn was among those who addressed the protest in London and said the Bill would prevent protest without police approval. “Stand up for the right to protest, stand up for the right to have your voice heard,” he told the crowds. — PTI