26 arrested in London as protesters clash with police

LONDON: At least 26 people have been arrested following clashes between officers and protesters during a “Kill the Bill“protest in central London.
Projectiles were fired as Metropolitan Police officers pushed back protesters in an attempt to disperse crowds and 10 officers were reportedly injured in Saturday’s operation.
Met Police said 26 people had been arrested for various offenses, including assaulting police and breaking the peace. In one case, a woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon after the recovery of a knife.
“The vast majority of people who made it to central London today did so while embracing social distancing. They spoke to my officers as needed and left when asked – I want to thank them for doing so, ”said Commander Ade Adelekan, who led the policing operation on Saturday. in Parliament Square in London.
“However, a small minority did not sign up despite repeated efforts by officers on the ground. This left us with no choice but to move on to an execution stage and arrests were made, ”he said.
“We remain in the midst of a global pandemic and we have made great strides in controlling the spread of the virus; we will not allow the selfish actions of a small number of people to jeopardize the progress of Londoners, ”he added.
The so-called “Kill the Bill” demonstrations also took place in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Brighton, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Luton protesting the Police and Crime Bill – which proposes to put the police back in England and Wales has more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too loud or annoying. Anyone refusing to follow police instructions about a protest could be fined up to £ 2,500 under the law.
Former Labour Party Chief Jeremy Corbyn was among those who addressed the protest in London and said the bill would prevent protests without police approval.
“Stand up for the right to protest, stand up for the right to have your voice heard,” he told the crowd.
Protesters also carried anti-sexism signs and chanted “Women are scared everywhere, police and government don’t care” as they passed Downing Street.
In Bristol, more than 1,000 people gathered for a peaceful protest, after protests on March 23-26 resulted in clashes with police, and in Manchester, people were seen sitting on tram tracks before that the police do not settle.
Large gatherings and protests remain restricted under UK coronavirus lockdown rules.