Thousands of demonstrators marched in the UK on Saturday to protest a huge new policing bill, which will impose new restrictions on protests in England and Wales and impose high amounts on non-compliance with police instructions. fine.
The bill was introduced in early March and is officially known as the “Police, Crime, Sentences and Courts Act”, and has since met with widespread opposition in England and Wales. It also includes sentencing and court reforms and other changes, but the proposed new police powers against protesters particularly angered the protesters.
According to Dominic Casciani of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), if the bill is passed, the police will have the right to impose start and end times for protests and noise restrictions, even if only one person is protesting. in this way.
In addition, Casciani wrote that the bill criminalizes the violation of protesters, even if the protesters “have not” obtained direct orders from officials, they “should” be aware of these behaviors and “intentionally or cause cases”. Consequentially cause public harassment”
According to Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn, the former leader of the Labour Party, the bill “effectively criminalizes peaceful protests.”
On Friday, Corbin said in a videotape: “The right to protest is at the core of a democratic society.” “This is part of our identity. At the same time, we will defeat Boris Johnson’s dangerous proposal to ban protests.”
This weekend’s “Kill the Bills” parade is not the first. According to the Guardian, Bristol in southwest England has been the site of at least five protests in the past two weeks. One of the protests turned into violence and at least two police cars were seen in early March. on fire.
According to Saturday’s “Sky News” report, so far there has been no report of a similar scale on Saturday. But after clashes with the police, at least 26 protesters were arrested in London.
The United Kingdom is in a debate about policing
As the New York Times explained at the end of last month, the bill was introduced during a sensitive period in the UK. The kidnapping and murder of Sarah Everard (Sarah Everard) in London last month, and the subsequent vigil that pays homage to Everard for violating Covid-19 restrictions, all speak to the police’s presence on the front and central British The role was debated.
The London police are from the same police force that broke the guard and have been charged with murdering Evlad.
Last summer, after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the country also saw its own “black life” movement. British protesters took to the streets to protest racism, inequality and police brutality. In Bristol, a group of people overturned the statue of slave trader Edward Colston and threw it into the harbor.
In London, the statue of former prime minister Winston Churchill was also graffiti in the summer.
Bristol, England: Protesters tore down a statue of Edward Colston, a 17th-century slave trader, and dumped it in the harbor. It has been retrieved and will be placed in the museum 4/pic.twitter.com/ZZ5rPst6YZ
-Reuters (@Reuters) June 12, 2020
There is a provision in the police bill currently before Parliament that specifically increases the penalty for damaging such statues. According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the measure “clarifies that damage to the memorial may result in up to 10 years in prison.”
According to the “Guardian” report, in response to this regulation and the murder of Evlad, the “Killing Act” demonstrators marched and demonstrated with the words “10 years of protest and 5 years of rape”. According to the Associated Press, on Saturday, protesters chanted “Women are scared everywhere, the police and the government don’t care!”
Despite the protests, the bill made progress in the British Parliament with the support of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party. In mid-March, it passed the first round of voting by 359 votes to 263 in the House of Commons, and the resolution has been submitted to the committee for consideration.
According to the New York Times, the Conservative government hopes to seize the anger of Everard’s death to pass the bill, but the recent opposition seems to have changed this. According to the “Times” report, due to the continuing protests and criticisms of the Labour Party’s opposition, the committee’s procedures were postponed to later this year.
Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State David Lammy said in March: “The tragic death of Sarah Everard prompted the state to take action to address violence against women.” “Nothing right now. Time is eager to consider comprehensive measures to impose disproportionate control over freedom of speech and the right to protest.”