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Kill the Bill protesters clash with police as 'thousands' storm Parliament Square


Kill the Bill protests have been staged in London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol, despite the lockdown restrictions. Footage online has shown scuffles between protesters and police as they try to get crowds under control. Protesters, including many who carried anti-sexism placards and chanted “women scared everywhere, police and Government do not care”, passed Downing Street.

Organisers reminded demonstrators to stay socially distanced as crowds grew to more than 300 in London’s Parliament Square, where speeches were made opposite the Houses of Parliament.

Several women addressed the crowd and shared personal experiences of suffering abuse and being drugged.

After hearing from several speakers from various women’s rights groups, demonstrators dispersed peacefully just after midday.

The protests have been sparked by the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, would give police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance, with those convicted liable to fines or jail terms.

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Protests on March 23 and 26 in Bristol ended in clashes between the police and protesters.

The protest which began at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park has now reached Parliament Square after a march that took protesters past Buckingam Palace.

Thousands of protesters are estimated to be out on London’s streets today.

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