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Kill the bill protests: police and demonstrators clash in London as thousands march across UK

This past weekend many in the UK rallied against controversial legislation that would allow authorities to place additional restrictions on public protests there. London police had urged people not to attend the demonstrations.

The demonstrations were the latest in a continued outcry over the government’s policing bill, which opponents say threatens to contravene the right to protest. People marched in towns and cities including London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol against the legislation, which would give police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance, and threaten those convicted with fines or jail terms.

Mellisa Sithole.

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