Derry. Northern Ireland. The Derry Anarchist Collective stands in solidarity with our comrades in Bristol and other cities in their continued resistance to the Police Bill.
Originally published by Derry Anarchists.
The Government says that this Bill “will allow the police to take a more proactive approach in managing highly disruptive protests causing serious disruption to the public.
The bill will “widen the range of conditions that the police can impose on static protests, to match existing police powers to impose conditions on marches”. And “Broaden the range of circumstances in which police may impose conditions on a protest.
What this means is that the police will have increased powers to oppress the freedom of assembly and our right to protest introducing lengthy prison sentences.
The Tories have brought this Bill in under the cover of COVID, but in reality, it is a reach to protect the status quo against legitimate protests ranging from organising for workers’ rights, Black Lives Matter protests, to the successful tactics used by Existence Rebellion in protesting climate destruction.
This is an appalling piece of legislation but an unsurprising one coming from the cowardly Tories, as the Bill went through a second reading after the brutal suppression of a peaceful vigil commemorating the life of Sarah Everard and the raising awareness of women’s safety and rights.
The media, as per usual have sided with the ruling class, by demonising the protesters in Bristol and other cities. Also there is no real opposition to this bill in parliament. So, it is up to us to stand up in solidarity with our comrades to resist this Bill, and protect the rights of women, minorities and other disenfranchised voices to organise and protest without the threat of lengthy prison sentences.
The Derry Anarchist Collective stands in solidarity with our comrades in Bristol and other cities in their continued resistance to the Police Bill.
*Fundraising to support Bristol defendants*
Fundraiser to support people who have been arrested in connection with the protests in Bristol recently. Money to be used for court fees, travel fees to court, legal cases against the police, and personal support if necessary. By Bristol Defendant Solidarity – they have supported IWW members before, financially and by showing up to things in person, so any donations would be greatly appreciated. Link here – https://uk.gofundme.com/f/killthebill-bristol-legal-support-in-the-streets