Monday, May 16, 2022

Kill the Bill Manchester protest: 18 arrested after protesters block tram lines

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Eighteen individuals have been arrested after protesters blocked tram lines in Manchester, police have mentioned.

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The Kill the Bill protest in opposition to the authorities’s Police and Crime Bill was described as “largely peaceful” by Greater Manchester Police.

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But “significant disruption” was attributable to protesters sitting on the Metrolink line in St Peter’s Square, police mentioned.

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Protests had been additionally held in cities and cities equivalent to Bath, Falmouth, Nottingham and Sheffield.

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In Brighton, lots of of individuals gathered in entrance of the metropolis’s police headquarters to protest.

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In Cambridge about 100 individuals gathered outdoors the Parkside police station, with some protestors climbing on high of the constructing’s entrance foyer.

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Mass gatherings are at the moment banned beneath coronavirus laws and anybody breaching laws might be fined.

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Demonstrators marched by Manchester metropolis centre to protest in opposition to a component of the Police and Crime Bill, which might ban residing on any personal or public land in automobiles with out permission the place they’re inflicting “significant disruption, distress or harm to local communities”.

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Greater Manchester Police mentioned officers gave repeated warnings to individuals who had been obstructing the tram lines earlier than making 18 arrests.

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The majority of the crowd had left by 16:00 GMT, a power spokesman mentioned.

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picture captionPolice mentioned the protest was “largely peaceful”

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picture captionThe majority of the crowd had left by 16:00 GMT, a power spokesman mentioned

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Chief Superintendent Andy Sidebotham mentioned the protest was “largely peaceful and without issue”.

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“However, as the day went on the remaining group caused significant disruption to the public of Greater Manchester,” he mentioned.

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“I understand the desire to peacefully protest but by blocking trams this smaller group prevented passengers from travelling to work for essential journeys, including health and care workers.

“This was clearly unacceptable and, in our obligation to serve the public, we couldn’t permit to be tolerated any longer.”

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image captionDemonstrators were protesting against an element of the Police and Crime Bill

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image captionProtesters marched through the city centre

Violence at a third night of protests in Bristol was condemned as “disgraceful” earlier on Saturday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Ten people were arrested in the city after a Kill the Bill protest ended in scuffles.

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