Police arrested nine people for participating in protests in London on Saturday, demanding that the government repeal a planned law that would increase police power.
More than 1,000 people marched through central London singing “Kill the Bill”; outside government buildings and dancing to the music played from the bus.
A police statement said nine people had been arrested and that officers were “engaged” with protesters gathered in a park in south London following the demonstration.
Similar protests have taken place in other cities across England and Wales, including Bristol, where there were days of clashes between protesters and police in March.
Under the new law, the British government wants to give police the power to deter non-violent protests that have led to “Significant disruptive impact” on the people or Congress.
The law will target action by groups such as environmental campaigners Extinction Rebellion, which have organized mass protests to block bridges in recent years and their members gluing themselves to passenger trains.
London’s Tower Bridge was shut to traffic in one direction for about an hour on Saturday after extinction rebel protesters glued themselves to the road.
Several protesters on Saturday said they did not trust police to protect them and the new law would give officials too much power to shut down politically awkward protests such as black protests and rebellion. Extinction
“I’m so scared that they want to protest against the arrest,” said 30-year-old therapist Jade Rea.
“I don’t think there is any reason for this, because the idea of protests is to harass and grab people’s attention that something urgent is happening,” she added.
London police faced criticism from all political perspectives in March over a vigil in memory of the murdered woman Sarah Everard, whose killer suspect was a police officer. Serve
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