14 NABBED IN UK AFTER PROTESTS VS POLICE BILL TURNS VIOLENT
Fourteen people were arrested following a second "Kill the Bill" protest in Bristol in three days, Avon and Somerset Police said, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
The Tuesday protest of about 200 people in Bristol, in the southwest of England, finished after officers "enforced COVID-19 legislation," police said in a statement.
"A total of 14 people were arrested for offenses including breaches of COVID-19 legislation and obstruction of a highway," the statement said, adding that one of those detained was also arrested in connection to a Sunday demonstration - also over the new police bill - that turned violent.
A bill currently making its way through British parliament could see the police being given more powers during protests. The proposed law foresees a new offense of "intentionally or recklessly causing a public nuisance," which could see people facing jail time or a fine if found guilty.
Chief Superintendent Claire Armes said that additional resources from neighboring forces were brought in to safely end the protest, which was taking place in breach of "legislation in place to protect public health."
Aimes said it was "disappointing" that officers had to take action after protesters refused to move on "on a day we should be remembering all those who've lost their lives to COVID-19 over the past year." She said it was "unacceptable" for people to insult efforts made by communities in Bristol to defeat the virus.