Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in cities across England to protest against a crime law they fear will limit their right to protest.
Kill the Bill protests were held in London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol despite lockdown restrictions.
Protesters, including many who carried anti-sexism posters and sang, “Women are scared everywhere, police and government don’t care,” passed Downing Street.
Organizers reminded protesters to remain socially aloof as the crowd rose to over 300 in London’s Parliament Square, where speeches were being made across from the Houses of Parliament.
Several women spoke to the crowd and shared personal experiences of abuse and drugs.
After hearing from several speakers from various women’s rights groups, the demonstrators quietly dispersed shortly after noon.
The protests were sparked by the proposed Police, Crime, Condemnation and Courts Act, which would give the police in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too loud or annoying, with the convicts Fined or imprisoned.
The protests in Bristol on March 23rd and 26th ended with clashes between police and protesters.
The posters carried by protesters included slogans such as “raise your sons”, “misogyny is the virus” and “girls just want vital human rights”.
Many people wearing Kill the Bill posters also gathered in Hyde Park in central London.
Protesters sang and beat drums.
Northumbria Police were reluctant when hundreds of people gathered under Grey’s memorial in Newcastle.
Protesters, including one holding up a poster that read “We will not be silenced,” cheered as a singer with a guitar played against the proposed bill.
Protesters marching through Newcastle city center from the memorial chanted, “Whose streets, our streets.”
They also referred to the Home Secretary and sang “F *** Priti Patel”.
Many went on their knees in the Civic Center and were silent for a minute for the victims of the oppression, after which there was applause.