Hundreds of anti-lockdown protesters threw eggs and glass bottles at British police officers in the southwestern city of Bristol, England. Police arrested 10 people during this period. After a standoff between the police and protesters on Friday evening, officers made several warnings through loudspeakers, following which attempts were made to disperse the crowd.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Minister Preeti Patel condemned the incidents of police officers being targeted. “Last night there were shameful attacks on police officers in Bristol,” Johnson said on Twitter. “Our officers should not be attacked by mobs with bricks, bottles, and firecrackers with the intention of violence.” The police and the city have my full support. “Patel expressed his support to the local police on Twitter and said he was disappointed with such incidents. Local Avon and Somerset police said police operations near the Bridwell Police Station in the city used specialist resources, including a swan squad and a police helicopter.
In reference to Friday’s protest, (Police) Superintendent Mark Runakere said, “Most people acted in a peaceful manner, but some people took violent measures and threw glass bottles and bricks at the officers.” This violent conduct is not acceptable. Authorities repeatedly asked people to leave, but once the atmosphere changed, people became violent and action was necessary. “Runekere said the violence, assaulting an emergency staff and the banned A-category. Ten people have been arrested for various offenses including recovery of narcotics.
Three of those arrested were detained in connection with the nuisance in the city last Sunday. More than a thousand people gathered for the protest at Bristol’s College Green on Friday evening. The so-called ‘Kill the Bill’ protesters are protesting against the government’s policy, crime, conviction, and court bill, which will give the police more powers to deal with the protest.