Brighton: Crowds gather at police station for Kill the Bill protest
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Multiple grassroots organisations including Momentum and Black Lives Matter have written out to their members asking them to join the demonstrations. Calling for a “national day of action” protesters will gather to oppose the Priti Patel’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
Activists have launched a mapping service to help supporters work out where they can mobilise.
In a scaremongering email to its supporters, Momentum, which was first set up to help Jeremy Corbyn win the Labour leadership election in 2015, warned Britain’s civil liberties are under threat.
“If we want change – from a higher minimum wage to a Green New Deal – we have to organise.
“That’s why the Police Crackdown Bill is such a threat.
“It fundamentally undermines our right to protest and organise,” they wrote.
“If the Tories get away with this, they’re going to come after our Trade Unions next.
“The right to strike – already restricted by some of the most draconian laws in the Western world – will be next on the chopping block.
“That’s why we need to launch a big fight back.”
The Policing Bill includes plans for tougher sentences for child killers and those who cause death on the road, longer jail terms for serious violent and sexual offenders, and an expansion of child sex abuse laws.
It also includes plans to give police more powers to tackle non-violent protests which cause significant disruption to the public.
Police could ban protests which may result in “serious public disorder, serious damage to property or serious disruption to the life of the community”.
In the face of opposition from across the political spectrum due to fears the Bill will lead to a crackdown on the right to free speech, the Home Secretary has suspended the legislation with no date given for its return to Parliament.
The Government continues to insist the legislation would have minimal impact on the right to protest.
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Despite the shelving of the legislation activists have continued to protest, using the controversial name “Kill The Bill”.
Protesters have been accused of promoting police violence with “The Bill” often used as slang for the police force.
Similar demonstrations held in March turned violence with clashes in Bristol leaving 20 officers injured.
Police vans were set on fire, and fireworks and projectiles were hurled at officers trapped in a building.
One policeman was even left with a punctured lung after being stomped upon.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson criticised the violence, criticising the protesters for “disgraceful attacks against police”.
He added: “Our officers should not have to face having bricks, bottles and fireworks being thrown at them by a mob intent on violence and causing damage to property.
“The police and the city have my full support.”
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