British Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks of ‘shameful attacks’ on police officers in Bristol Friday evening. The third protest in a week would have included bricks and eggs thrown at the police.
Johnson condemns the violence against the police, which arises from several demonstrations last week against a new bill. The draft law states that officers will be given more powers in nonviolent demonstrations. Friday evening was the third protest against this draft law in Bristol under the title ‘Kill the Bill’.
The prime minister stands up for the police. “Last night there were scandalous attacks on police officers in Bristol. Our officers should not be confronted with stones, bottles and fireworks thrown at them by a mob seeking violence and causing property damage. Police and the city have my full support, ”Johnson said in a tweet.
Demonstrators shouted lines like “we are peaceful, what are you?” against agents. They also pulled their shields and shined laser lights in their faces. Police charged and used horses to disperse the crowd. According to the police, fireworks and paint were thrown at the horses.
Protesters and police have a painful history
Earlier this week, the police intervened because the demonstrations against the police law are at odds with the corona measures. Several officers were injured in the process. Friday night’s demonstration got out of hand again, with ten arrests as a result. Police intervention has been extra sensitive since the vigil for Sarah Everard on March 13, when agents acted disproportionately fiercely.
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