Police have come under fire for their treatment of a reporter at demonstrations in Bristol on Friday night, during violent clashes between officers and protesters.
Daily Mirror journalist Matthew Dresch shared video footage that appeared to show police pushing him and hitting him with a baton as he shouted that he was a member of the press.
Chaoten hätten die Einsatzkräfte mit Flaschen, Ziegelsteinen und Eiern attackiert, teilte die Polizei in der Nacht auf heute mit. Auf berittene Beamtinnen und Beamte seien Feuerwerkskörper geworfen worden, ein Polizeipferd sei mit Farbe besprüht worden, hieß es.
Home Secretary Priti Patel also criticised the disorder and the „violence being directed towards the police“.
„I’m in no doubt the silent, law-abiding majority will be appalled by the actions of this criminal minority,“ she said.
„Despite repeated warnings to disperse, it’s clear these thugs were only intent on causing trouble.
A crowd of people gathered in Bristol on Friday evening for a third ‚kill the bill‘ demonstration within a week.
Protesters met at two parks, Castle Park and College Green, and marched through the city centre and along Park Street towards Bristol University’s buildings
Hundreds sit down outside Bristol police station in ‚kill the bill‘ protest
It will also become a crime to fail to follow restrictions the protesters „ought“ to have known about, even if they have not received a direct order from an officer.
At present, police need to prove protesters knew they had been told to move on, before they can be said to have broken the law.
The proposed law includes an offence of „intentionally or recklessly causing public nuisance“.
The event was dubbed „Kill the Bill“, in reference to the attempts to stop the Government’s proposed law which would give police and the Home Secretary increased powers to stop protests.
The Bill also makes a special new law to protect monuments and statues, in the wake of the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston, with the crime of damaging them punishable by up to ten years in prison.
Demonstrators began gathering at Bristol’s College Green around 2pm before marching through the city.
According to Bristol Live police initially encouraged them to disperse but moved to the crowd’s edges as numbers increased.
Protestors waved ‘Kill The Bill’ placards whilst a small number had black and red anarchist flags.