‘Kill the Bill’ protest descends into chaos as riot police sent in & cop injured

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There have been ugly clashes between "Kill the Bill" protesters and police in London this evening – with the Met confirming at least one officer has been injured in the violent clashes.

Demonstrators clashed with police outside Parliament as dozens of extra officers were brought in to help unblock the road for a McDonald’s lorry.

Projectiles were thrown as police pushed protesters away and at least one officer was injured in the scuffle.

Dozens of police with riot helmets have since arrived in Westminster as protesters continue to stand off with officers.

In the minutes before the ugly scenes, the Metropolitan Police put out a statement on its events Twitter page.

It read: "A small minority of protestors in #ParliamentSquare have not complied with the conditions of the risk assessment lodged by event organisers.

"They are not social distancing and are putting people in danger of spreading the #Covid virus. The majority have left and we urge those remaining to listen to officers and leave the area now.

"Officers have made continued efforts to engage and encourage protestors to leave the area around #ParliamentSquare. Despite repeated requests a small minority have not done so. Enforcement action will be taken against those who continue to flagrantly breach Covid regs."

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And then the force tweeted at 6.45pm: "The policing operation in Central London has now moved to the enforcement stage and arrests are being made.

"Officers continue to engage and we urge those who remain in the area to leave and return home."

People took to the streets in towns and cities across England on Saturday in demonstrations against a crime bill they fear will limit their right to protest.

Kill the Bill protests were staged in London, Newcastle, Birmingham, Liverpool and Bristol, despite the lockdown restrictions.

Protesters, including many who carried anti-sexism placards and chanted “women scared everywhere, police and Government do not care”, passed Downing Street in London.

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Organisers reminded demonstrators to stay socially distanced as crowds grew to more than 300 in London’s Parliament Square, where speeches were made opposite the Houses of Parliament.

For the majority of the event, the protests were overwhelmingly peaceful.

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