Protesters clash with police in UK over crime bill
LONDON, March 21 (Xinhua) -- Demonstrators in Britain on Sunday clashed with police over a bill that will give the police more powers to deal with non-violent demonstrations.
Thousands of people turned up in Bristol, a city in western England, for the "Kill the Bill" demonstration against the government's Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
Officers have suffered suspected broken bones as violent scenes unfolded in Bristol city center, according to the BBC.
Demonstrators scaled the police station, threw fireworks into the crowd and daubed graffiti on the walls. At least one police van was set on fire, said the report.
"Officers are continuing to deal with a smaller number of protesters in Bridewell Street," a police spokesman said.
"They've had projectiles thrown at them, including a firework, and have been verbally abused," said the spokesman. "This is unacceptable behavior and those responsible for offenses will be identified and brought to justice."
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill would give the police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed to be too noisy or a nuisance, according to Sky News. Those convicted under the bill could face a fine or jail.
Mass gatherings are currently banned under coronavirus legislation. On Saturday, more than 30 people were arrested during anti-lockdown protests in London. Enditem[ Editor: SRQ ]