Police officers hurt, vehicles set on fire in violent protest in Bristol, England

Police officers hurt, vehicles set on fire in violent protest in Bristol, England

"Officers were pelted with stones and missiles and fireworks and it was a terrifying situation for them to deal with," he said. "These scenes are absolutely disgraceful and they will be widely condemned by people across the city. One of the reasons why the British government has pushed through new legislation on the police's powers over protests relates to last summer's anti-racism protests, including the toppling of a statue of slave trader, Edward Colston, in Bristol.


'This is a shameful day in an incredible year for Bristol' Bristol mayor Marvin Rees said the violence and damage was unacceptable. The demonstration was in opposition to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which would give the police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance. police state" and "Freedom to protest is fundamental to democracy." The protesters were ostensibly venting their anger at the government's Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which is currently going through parliament. "Avon and Somerset Police were on duty today to facilitate a peaceful protest not to deal with criminal behaviour," he said. Mr Rees said he had major concerns about the bill - which he described as "poorly thought out and could impose disproportionate controls on free expression and the right to peaceful protest" - but he said violence would not stop the bill. "Those who decided to turn the protest into a physical confrontation and smash our city have robbed us of this."

Several hundred people are said to have congregated outside Bridewell police station in Bridewell Street, Bristol, since Sunday afternoon. Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, who said he had "major concerns" about the bill, condemned the violence and said the unrest would be used to justify the legislation. 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. Two police vehicles were set on fire, damage was caused to a police station, one officer suffered a broken arm and another suffered broken ribs, Avon and Somerset police said. "On the contrary, the lawlessness on show will be used as evidence and promote the need for the Bill." The Mayor said it was a shameful day in an incredible year for Bristol. Mass gatherings are currently banned in England under coronavirus restrictions. This is so wrong."

LONDON - A protest in the English city of Bristol against new policing legislation turned into violent clashes that left at least 20 officers injured — two of them seriously — widespread damage to a police station and police vehicles torched, police said Monday. What started as a peaceful demonstration of around 3,000 people on College Green in the heart of the city in western England turned violent after hundreds of protesters descended on the New Bridewell police station. Seven people were arrested during the protest, which started Sunday afternoon and ran through to the early hours of Monday morning. Both have since been discharged. Andy Marsh, chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police, said 12 police vehicles were damaged and "significant damage" was caused to the New Bridewell police station. A local MP from the opposition Labour Party, Darren Jones, described the scenes as "completely unacceptable. Those convicted under the proposed legislation could face a fine or jail.

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The clashes erupted after a rally against the new "Police and Crime Bill" -- drawn up by the government to grant the police greater powers to crack down on disruptive protests -- when hundreds of protesters converged on a local police station. "I believe the events of yesterday were hijacked by extremists, people who were determined to commit criminal damage, to generate very negative sentiment about policing and to assault our brave officers," he added. A bin explodes after being set on fire during a protest against a new proposed policing bill Credit: REUTERS/Peter Cziborra "Smashing buildings in our city centre, vandalising vehicles, attacking our police will do nothing to lessen the likelihood of the Bill going through," he said. Officers have been subjected to considerable levels of abuse and violence. There can never be any excuse for wanton disorder. "One officer suffered a broken arm and another suffered broken ribs. We have officers with suspected broken arms and ribs. Two of the police officers injured were treated in hospital after suffering broken ribs and an arm. "It's disgraceful and outrageous," she said. Both have been taken to hospital. You don't campaign for the right to peaceful protest by setting police vans on fire or graffitiing buildings. Police said the number of arrests would likely increase in coming days as officers study closed circuit television footage. "We have had numerous protests. Under the terms of the legislation, which covers England and Wales, police will be handed new powers to tackle demonstrations. The police said missiles were thrown at them, including a firework, and that they were verbally abused.

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Chief Superintendent Will White, of Avon and Somerset Police, said that his force has requested mutual end "to bring this incident to a safe conclusion". Many demonstrators donned face masks and carried placards criticizing the legislation, such as "Say no to U.K. "Thuggery and disorder by a minority will never be tolerated," she tweeted. On Saturday, an anti-lockdown rally in London that drew thousands of protesters also left several police officers hurt and saw at least 36 people arrested.

Andy Roebuck, chairman of the Avon and Somerset Police Federation, said: "Disgusting scenes in Bristol by a mob of animals who are injuring police officers, members of the public and damaging property. The violence, which also saw several police vehicles damaged, was branded as "unacceptable" by Britain's interior minister, Priti Patel. "Our police, city representatives and I have been able to point out with pride that we have faced these moments of conflict without the physical conflict that others have experienced. Interior minister Priti Patel condemned the clashes as "unacceptable". "Police officers went to work yesterday and some have returned home via hospital battered and bruised." Protesters attempted to smash the windows of the glass-fronted police station and damaged 12 vehicles, including two that were set on fire. "Thuggery and disorder by a minority will never be tolerated," she said. "This has nothing to do with our efforts to end inequality in Bristol," he tweeted. "What started out as a peaceful protest has been turned by a small minority into violent disorder," Ch Supt White said. "We have faced times of great confrontation particularly surrounding Black Lives Matter and the events that followed," he said.


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