In pictures: This weekend’s Kill The Bill protest in Manchester
Thousands turned out to protest the Tory’s new policing bill
Across the country, thousands have been gathering to protest a proposed government bill that would increase police powers and place strict restrictions on people’s right to protest. Critics have called it “deeply authoritarian” and a threat to “free expression”.
In Manchester, a protest led by feminist group Sisters Uncut rallied in St Peter’s square before peacefully marching through the city centre.
It comes at a time when there is already immense anger at police violence following the murder of Sarah Everard and condemnation of their heavy-handed response to a recent peaceful vigil at Clapham Common.
Here’s everything that happened at Manchester’s Kill The Bill protest this weekend:
The bill has for now been delayed but the government is still expected to attempt to pass it at a later stage, with future protests not ruled out.
Last night in Bristol, peaceful protests escalated into a stand-off between riot police and protestors outside of a local police station.
Pepper spray, police dogs, mounted police and batons were all used on the crowds as they clashed and police vehicles were set alight.