A protest within the English metropolis of Bristol in opposition to new policing laws has became violent clashes that left not less than 20 officers injured – two of them severely – widespread injury to a police station and police autos torched.
Seven folks had been arrested in the course of the protest, which began Sunday afternoon and ran by way of to the early hours of Monday morning. Police mentioned the variety of arrests would seemingly improve in coming days as officers studied closed-circuit tv footage.
The violence, which additionally noticed a number of police autos broken, was branded as “unacceptable” by House Secretary Priti Patel.
“Thuggery and dysfunction by a minority won’t ever be tolerated,” she mentioned.
What began as a peaceable demonstration of about 3000 folks within the coronary heart of town turned violent after a whole bunch of protesters descended on a police station.
The protesters had been ostensibly venting their anger on the authorities’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Invoice, which is presently going by way of parliament. Underneath the phrases of the laws, which covers England and Wales, police might be handed new powers to deal with demonstrations.
Sue Mountstevens, police and crime commissioner for the Avon and Somerset area, mentioned seven folks have been arrested however “many extra” can be detained.