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Johnson Decries 'Disgraceful' Attacks on Police During 3rd Bristol Protest

Johnson Decries 'Disgraceful' Attacks on Police During 3rd Bristol Protest”

U Prime Minster Boris Johnson has said violence towards police during another protest in Bristol was "disgraceful", as officers say they are concerned more disorder could follow.

He tweeted: "Last night saw disgraceful attacks against police officers in Bristol".

"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", he said.

Posting on Facebook, he said: "The question those engaging in the action should be asking is: is what I am doing advancing the cause I claim to be campaigning for?"

"Despite repeated warnings to disperse, it's clear these thugs were only intent on causing trouble". This violent conduct is not acceptable.

Ten people were arrested in the city of Bristol in southwest England on Friday after protests over a new policing Bill turned violent with people throwing glass bottles and bricks at officers, police said in a statement.

Footage showed police in riot gear using their shields to push protesters back.

A police horse was sprayed with paint.

Avon and Somerset police said they were aware of the video and were trying to contact the journalist involved.

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The proposed change, would mean police chiefs will be able to put more conditions on static (non-moving) protests, including imposing a start and finish time and setting noise limits. "We're again asking people to please do the responsible thing and stay at home this weekend".

"From Monday, changes in the legislation will allow us, hopefully, to engage effectively with protest organisers, which is what we have always done previously prior to the legislation changes around the Covid regulations stopping that happening".

The first "Kill the Bill" protest in Bristol took place last Sunday.

Before Friday's violence, protesters had been dancing, handing out flowers and chanting slogans such as "Who do you protect?" and "Justice for Sarah", in reference to Sarah Everard's killing.

A police officer has been charged with Everard's kidnap and murder, and the case has unleashed an outpouring of grief and rage over the issue of violence against women and girls.

Protesters have been demonstrating against the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill - which gives powers to tackle non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance.

He said numerous marchers had followed the police warnings to go home, which he said he was grateful for, but that some who stayed in the centre had attacked officers by throwing missiles including bottles, a bicycle pedal and eggs.

For example, under the new law, if someone held a one-person demo and refused to follow police directions over how they should protest - they could be fined up to £2,500.



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