Police attacked as protest turns violent in Bristol

Lindis Percy

Around 5,000 people gathered in the city centre at 2pm, but by 6pm several thousand gathered outside a police station nearby was under siege for hours, with at least one police van burnt out and others scrawled with graffiti.

"Thuggery and disorder by a minority will never be tolerated". A Metropolitan Police officer was charged with kidnapping and murdering the 33 year old.

"I recognise the frustrations with the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill".

He also saw police, some in full riot gear, trying to repel protesters using batons and shields.

Police headquarters came under siege as a group of hooded yobs armed with baseball bats tried to smash the windows of the glass-fronted New Bridewell station, as others attempted to scale the facade and some lobbed missiles at officers.

Two police officers were injured, suffering broken ribs and an arm, and taken to hospital during violent skirmishes with masked thugs.

Avon and Somerset Police had urged people not to attend the demonstration - warning that enforcement action could be taken.

Mass gatherings are now banned under the coronavirus legislation and anyone breaching the regulations could be fined.

The York Tab spoke to York Student Solidarity Network who said: "We've seen our right to protest slowly stripped away over the pandemic". I don't believe it was a protest about the right to protest.

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Videos on Twitter showed protesters rocking a police van while officers on horseback were pushed by the crowd.

"Those who chose to turn the protest into a physical confrontation and smash our city have robbed us of this".

He said nine of a neighborhood policing team's vehicles had been damaged during the violence and as a result their work to protect the most vulnerable people in Bristol has been hampered.

A local MP from the opposition Labour Party, Darren Jones, described the scenes as "completely unacceptable".

"You don't campaign for the right to peaceful protest by setting police vans on fire or graffitiing buildings".

"This is unacceptable behaviour and those responsible for offences will be identified and brought to justice".

Human rights groups, the United Kingdom arm of Amnesty International, and the Rights of Women campaign group have slammed the proposed legislation.

Chief Superintendent Will White, of Avon and Somerset Police, said: "These scenes are absolutely disgraceful and they will be widely condemned by people across the city".

"There will be significant consequences for behaviour such as this".

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