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New clashes in Bristol as police move in to clear 150 ‘Kill The Bill’ protesters

New clashes in Bristol as police on horseback and with dogs move in to clear 150 ‘Kill The Bill’ protesters who refused to leave the streets in demonstration two nights after widespread anti-police riots in the city

  • Around 150 protesters erected tents on College Green in Bristol this evening 
  • Police said they ignored calls to comply with Covid regulations and to go home
  • Close to 100 riot police were then called in to force crowds away from the tents 

Riot police clashed with protesters in Bristol last night for the second time in two days. 

Officers with riot shields and helmets were called in to clear College Green in the centre of the city at 10pm this evening. 

Around 150 protesters had earlier erected tents on the green in a protest at how the police crime sentencing and courts bill will impact on travellers, squatters and the homeless. 

They had ignored calls to comply with Covid regulations and to go home. 

Police and protesters at College Green in Bristol where police said around 150 protesters gathered

The protesters had ignored calls to comply with Covid regulations and to go home

The protesters had ignored calls to comply with Covid regulations and to go home 

Police are dispersing the protest on College Green in Bristol after another outbreak of violence

Police are dispersing the protest on College Green in Bristol after another outbreak of violence

As of 11pm, there was a sit in protest by some 30 protesters who crouched down in front of a line of officers and refused to move

As of 11pm, there was a sit in protest by some 30 protesters who crouched down in front of a line of officers and refused to move

Around 100 riot police were then called in to force crowds away from the tents and move them further back with dogs and officers on horseback. 

As of 11pm, there was a sit in protest by some 30 protesters who crouched down in front of a line of officers and refused to move.   

Two female protesters told how they were sitting down on the green when police came in with force.

One said: ‘They just came at us and gave us no warning whatsoever.

‘I shouted to one ‘what are you doing’ and he hit me in the face. He hit my friend too and made her nose bleed. Nasty, nasty people.’

Police were seen wrenching tents away from people as they forced them back. 

The protesters were chanting slogans like ‘Whose streets? Our streets!’ and ‘Kill the Bill’ but officers didn’t appear to have been pelted with any missiles like at Sunday’s protest. 

A police officer at the scene said: ‘There was a gathering on the Green that was in contravention of covid laws so it was the police’s intention to clear the area as quickly and as safely as possible:

‘Due to the ferocity of the violence on Sunday, officers needed to be in riot gear and needed to take robust action.’

A police helicopter was buzzing overhead as officers continued to cordon off the streets around College Green.

The protesters were chanting slogans like 'Whose streets? Our streets!' and 'Kill the Bill' but they didn't appear to have been pelted with any missiles like at Sunday's protest

The protesters were chanting slogans like ‘Whose streets? Our streets!’ and ‘Kill the Bill’ but they didn’t appear to have been pelted with any missiles like at Sunday’s protest

Officers were seen trampling over tents and shoving protesters back with their riot shields

Officers were seen trampling over tents and shoving protesters back with their riot shields

Police were seen wrenching tents away from people as they forced them back in Bristol

Police were seen wrenching tents away from people as they forced them back in Bristol

Police and protesters at College Green in Bristol where police said around 130 people had gathered earlier in the evening

Police and protesters at College Green in Bristol where police said around 130 people had gathered earlier in the evening

A police helicopter was buzzing overhead as officers continued to cordon off the streets around College Green

A police helicopter was buzzing overhead as officers continued to cordon off the streets around College Green

Shortly before 11pm, police said protesters had been moved off College Green but that a ‘significant number’ remained on Deanery Road ‘and continue to refuse to leave the area’.

The force tweeted: ‘Officers will take proportionate action to disperse crowds. They are not containing anyone and we continue to urge people to move on.’

Officers were drafted in from as far as Salisbury in Wiltshire with one heard shouting at onlookers to ‘go home’.

Two separate groups of riot police are understood to have swept through the green from different directions in a show of force after Sunday’s violence.

Officers were seen trampling over tents and shoving protesters back with their riot shields.

Avon and Somerset Police today released images of ten people in connection with the violence at the weekend in which two police vehicles were torched, 22 officers were injured, including two who were hospitalised and a police station was vandalised. 

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