At least ten police officers were injured and more than a hundred protesters were arrested over Saturday’s protests in central London this Saturday, amid the numerous demonstrations across the UK against the proposal of a new security law that could restrict the right to protest, according to Sky News.
The march protesters known as “Kill the Bill” (“Kill the Proposal” in a play on Quentin Tarantino’s film) returned the police blows with stones and other objects.
“Ten police officers were injured during the operation. None of them is considered serious,” said a police statement on his Twitter account. The detainees’ alleged crimes included behavior disorders, violent disorders, assaults on a police officer and violations of the coronavirus law.
More than 300 people gathered outside the UK Parliament buildings for marches attended by a group of women who protested the police vigil last month over the murder of Sarah Everard by a police officer.
As a result of the vigil incidents, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson proposed a new police law that would give the police far-reaching powers to restrict the right to protest and extend the Home Office’s freedom to decide whether a demonstration is legal.
Several women spoke to the crowd and shared personal experiences of abuse, while many others carried anti-sexism posters and sang “Scared women everywhere, the police and the government don’t care”.
The heated scenes in Parliament Square took place amid peaceful demonstrations across the country over the legislation, not only in the capital but also in Newcastle, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol and Brighton, despite ongoing lockdown restrictions.