Avon and Somerset Police officers dispersed the last of yesterday’s protesters at around 1.42am – after demonstrators marched through the city. Protests against the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill have raged across the country, with demonstrators angry over increased police power to curb protests, among other issues.
Protesters began demonstrating at 4pm in Bristol City Centre, with “more than 1,000” gathering to march.
At 12:44am, Avon and Somerset Police issued a Section 35 dispersal order following a ”number of incidents involving violence between the remaining protestors”.
Bristol Post reporter Conor Gogarty said tonight’s protests were “overwhelmingly peaceful”.
The reporter posted a video of police officer with riot gear and dogs forcing demonstrators back through Castle Park at 1:31AM.
Video at 1:37am shows dogs chasing protestors, with officers shouting “move back or you will be bitten”.
earlier today the officers have urged protesters to stay away.
He said: “We fully respect the fundamental democratic right of being able to protest and we have a long and proud history spanning many years of facilitating peaceful demonstrations.
“While we’re expecting significant numbers to attend, we’d still urge people to consider finding alternative ways to express their views given that we’re still in the midst of the pandemic.
“Restrictions may have eased but large numbers of people congregating together at any one time continues to present a risk of spreading COVID-19.”