107 people were detained in London during Saturday’s protests against the government’s attempts to strengthen police powers, according to police.
Thousands marched in towns and cities around the country on Saturday, defying coronavirus restrictions to protest the Police, Violence, Sentencing, and Courts Bill.
According to police, the “Kill the Bill” demonstrations were largely nonviolent, with most participants observing social distancing.
They claimed that a small group of people were planning to cause havoc, and that those arrested were charged with violent disorder, assaulting police officers, and violating coronavirus laws.
Ten officers were wounded, according to the force, but none of the injuries were considered to be severe.
The proposed law would allow police in England and Wales more authority to enforce conditions on nonviolent demonstrations, such as those that are too loud or a nuisance, with those that are convicted facing fines or prison time.
A recent demonstration in Bristol, southwest England, against new police legislation devolved into widespread violence, with police officers being injured, a police station being vandalized, and police cars being set on fire.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned what he called “disgraceful assaults” on police officers, but demonstrators accused officers of using excessive force.
The tag “kill the bill” was intentionally insulting, according to some senior officers, since “the bill” is a nickname for the police in the United Kingdom.