Riot police sent in after ‘kill the bill’ protest in Bristol turns violent

Demonstrators set fire to police vans, attack a station and injure several officers after clashes escalate

A demonstration in Bristol against plans to give police increased powers to shut down peaceful protests has become violent, with riot police and horses deployed, officers injured and vehicles torched after a week of protests against the controversial legislation.

Hundreds gathered at Bristol’s College Green before marching to a police station on nearby Nelson Street. Many were wearing masks and carried placards saying “Say no to UK police state” and “Freedom to protest is fundamental to democracy” and “Kill the bill”.

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