Thousands of Kill the Bill activists march through central London


Thousands of Kill the Bill activists march through central London and huge crowds gather at Hyde Park as police brace for weekend of chaos with more rallies set to take place in towns and cities across UK

  • Protestors gathered in Hyde Park and Parliament Square, London, as part of a demonstration in capital today
  • Many waved placards daubed with a variety of Kill the Bill and anti-sexism slogans 
  • It comes after series of ‘Kill The Bill’ protests held in opposition to Government’s proposed ‘anti-protest’ bill 

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Thousands of Kill the Bill activists have descended on London as police brace for weekend of chaos with more rallies set to take place in towns and cities across the UK.

Protestors, including environmental protest group the Red Brigade – often seen at Extinction Rebellion demonstrations – have gathered at Hyde Park today chanting, banging drums and waving placards daubed with Kill The Bill slogans.

Close by, anti-lockdown demonstrators staged their own protest, supported by Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

And a separate group in Parliament Square were seen demonstrating with anti-sexism slogans, including ‘educate your sons’ and ‘misogyny is the virus’.

They walked through the streets and chanted ‘women scared everywhere, police and Government do not care’ before several women addressed the crowds and shared their own personal experiences of suffering abuse and being drugged.

There have been a number of ‘Kill The Bill’ protests held in recent weeks to show opposition to the Government’s proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021, which would give police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance.  

Protesting is now legal in England following a change in Covid-19 lockdown rules which came into force on Monday, but organisers are required to submit risk assessments and ensure social distancing.

Thousands of Kill the Bill activists have descended on London as police brace for weekend of chaos with more rallies set to take place in towns and cities across the UK. Pictured: Protestors in Parliament Square

Thousands of Kill the Bill activists have descended on London as police brace for weekend of chaos with more rallies set to take place in towns and cities across the UK. Pictured: Protestors in Parliament Square

Protestors have gathered at Hyde Park today chanting, banging drums and waving placards daubed with Kill The Bill slogans

Protestors have gathered at Hyde Park today chanting, banging drums and waving placards daubed with Kill The Bill slogans

A separate group in Parliament Square were demonstrating with anti-sexism slogans, including 'educate your sons' and 'misogyny is the virus'

A separate group in Parliament Square were demonstrating with anti-sexism slogans, including ‘educate your sons’ and ‘misogyny is the virus’ 

Protests and demonstrations were expected across England this weekend on what is forecast to be a is the first to benefit from the easing of ‘stay at home’ lockdown restrictions. 

Organisers reminded demonstrators to stay socially distanced as crowds gathered opposite the Houses of Parliament to hear speeches.  

But it is not just the capital that has seen chaos with rallies also taking place in towns and cities across the UK. 

Earlier today several hundred people gathered beneath Grey’s Monument in Newcastle for a similar Kill the Bill protest.

There was a low-key response to the city centre gathering from Northumbria Police.

Protesters cheered as a singer with a guitar performed in opposition to the proposed bill as another attendee held up a placard saying: ‘We will not be silenced.’  

There have been a number of 'Kill The Bill' protests held to show opposition to the Government's proposed Police, Crime , Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021. Pictured: Crowds in central London today

There have been a number of ‘Kill The Bill’ protests held to show opposition to the Government’s proposed Police, Crime , Sentencing and Courts Bill 2021. Pictured: Crowds in central London today 

Several women addressed the crowds at the protest in Parliament Square and shared their own personal experiences of suffering abuse and being drugged

Several women addressed the crowds at the protest in Parliament Square and shared their own personal experiences of suffering abuse and being drugged

Can protests take place in England under Covid rules?

Britons are permitted to gather in groups larger than six for the purpose of ‘Covid-secure protests’ under updated lockdown rules.

The guidance had previously outlawed any large gatherings, meaning the previous three Bristol rallies weren’t permitted under Covid restrictions.

However, an update which came into force on Monday allows people to gather in larger groups for protest if the organiser has ‘taken the required precautions’.

This includes completing a risk assessment for the gathering. 

The updated guidance reads: ‘You may gather in larger groups… for the purpose of Covid-secure protests or picketing where the organiser has taken the required precautions, including the completion of a risk assessment.’ 

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