Bristol. UK. Ryan Roberts was sentenced on the 17th December 2021 at Bristol Crown Court to a total of 14 years in prison. He was convicted of riot and four counts of arson. Three of the sentences run consecutively and only one concurrently, hence the brutal sentence of 14 years. As it is over seven years, it means he has to do two thirds of the sentence. He will do just under a decade in prison.Continue reading Ryan Roberts – 14 year prison sentence [Bristol, UK]
On March 21st, 2021, thousands entered the streets of Bristol in the UK to vent their anger at deaths in police custody, police violence on the streets, as well as a slate of repressive laws including the SpyCops Bill, increasing impunity for government officials breaking their own laws, as well as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and CourtsBill, or simply The Bill, targeting Roma people, Travelers, lengthens youth prison sentences and criminalizing dissent and protest amidst some of the harshest Covid-19 lockdowns the UK had seen.Continue reading The Final Straw Radio: Support Ryan Roberts and Killthebill Bristol Defendants!
A statement by Bristol Anarchist Black Cross and Bristol Defendant Solidarity.Continue reading Bristol Anarchist Black Cross and Bristol Defendant Solidarity: We are proud of those who fought back against the police
London. UK. The Serious Annoyance has returned to occupy the empty Camberwell Police Station, Camberwell Church St SE5, as we continue in our fight to #killthebill and highlight the destructive role of the police.Continue reading London: Squatters take Camberwell Cop Shop (2.0)
Bristol. UK. On the 9th of March the UK government, alongside Police chiefs including Cressida Dick, announced the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill to parliament. The bill proposes changes to a variety of laws, however it has been criticised for a number of points including its implications on people’s rights to protest, its impact on the Gypsey, Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities, its encouragement of stop and search bias towards black men and youths and numerous other things.Continue reading Bristol ‘Kill the Bill’ riot and protests (March 2021): A timeline and analysis of what actually happened
UK. The UK’s new police and crime bill is a clear attack on the basic right to protest and a next step in the democratic backsliding of the country.Continue reading UK: What good is a right to toothless protest? [Kill the Bill]
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.Continue reading Kill The Bill: Solidarity with Bristol Protesters! [Derry]
UK. There are currently a lot of people saying that protesting right now, or protests that are partly violent or that encounter police violence is counterproductive. There is absolutely no historical or social scientific basis for making such claims. Those who make them are pretty much always just expressing their own preferences.Continue reading Kill the Bill: Anyone Who Says Protests Are Counterproductive Is Expressing Their Own Preferences | Opinion
C/W: Police brutality, injury description.
UK. Bristol. On Friday night, approximately 2000 protesters showed out in Bristol, once again to demand the government kill the bill. Much like the protest on Sunday, it started with marches and chanting, and much like on Sunday and Tuesday, it ended with police beating the shit out of us.Continue reading Bristol, UK: I had my hands up – My first experience with police brutality
UK. If one was to base their understanding of how the police in Britain operate on how the mass media report it, then the police are a fine bunch of people, currently under siege from the forces of anarchy, and mindless hooligan elements, who are bent on needless violence. And last weekend’s demo in Bristol against the policing bill, according to the BBC, ITN, Sky News and every single national newspaper, told exactly that story. According to them, parroting the cops’ narrative, officers suffered broken bones and punctured lungs. However, a few days later, it became apparent that this was a made up story. In fact, the local hospital treated multiple victims of police violence and… ahem… zero injured police officers.Continue reading His Master’s Voice – police violence and the media [UK]