Planned protest at police station to mark two years since the Bristol riots

Protesters against the Police and Crime Bill and the subsequent riot jailing of dozens of people in Bristol will stage a rally in the city center today to mark the second anniversary of the riots.

The coalition of groups, including Bristol Defendant Solidarity, will meet at Bearpit at 5:30pm to mark two years since the ‘Kill the Bill’ demonstration in the city center on March 21, 2021, which led to violent clashes between protesters and Avon. and Somerset Police.

An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman warned the public that there may be some disruption to traffic with the short march from Bearpit to Bridewell Police Station during rush hour on Tuesday and into the afternoon, adding that they would be closing access public. to the information desk of the police station early, around 5:00 p.m.

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The riot outside Bridewell Police Station that Saturday in 2021 was followed by two more protests that week on College Green and then again at Bridewell Police Station, which were forcibly dispersed by police from across the region and Wales.

More than 30 people involved in the riots on March 21 have been jailed for their part in the clashes, with around half a dozen people still awaiting trial or conviction and sentencing two years later. While dozens have been jailed for taking part in clashes with police on Saturday March 21, police have since paid out-of-court settlements to several people injured by officers in the two subsequent protests that week in Bristol city center .

In literature promoting this week’s protest, organizers said they will again demonstrate outside Bridewell police station against “violence by British police and state”, describing the night of clashes between police and protesters in 2021 as “an uprising”. which has seen 34 mostly youth incarcerated or a total of over 100 years.


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