The new protests come just two days after 21 police officers were injured in riots in the city (Photo: SWNS / PA)
A second protest against the kill-bill in Bristol led to the arrest of a further 14 people.
The decision comes just two days after riots broke out in the city over the weekend, injuring 21 police officers, including one with a collapsed lung.
Avon and Somerset Police have asked for extra help from specially trained riot police and neighbouring forces from Wales, Gloucestershire and Devon after 130 people gathered in College Green last night.
They said 14 people had been arrested for minor offences, including coronavirus offences and obstructing traffic, as well as one arrest in connection with a violent disturbance on Sunday.
Protests were held against the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which would have given the police more powers to crack down on demonstrations, including those considered intimidating.
A YouTube feed from yesterday’s protest showed a large number of police officers, some on horseback and some with dogs.
The screams in the streets and the outrage that could be heard in the background.
Chief Inspector Claire Armes said: Officers contacted the protesters and asked them to disperse, but tents and a public address system were present, so it was very clear that they intended to stay despite existing public health laws.
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Riot police and extra resources were deployed last night after fears of a repeat of Sunday night’s events (Photo: SWNS)
About 14 people were arrested during the recent protests last night (Photo: SWNS).
Police were seen confronting people who had breached coronavirus restrictions (Photo: SWNS).
Following the violent scenes in the city over the weekend, additional resources from our neighbouring forces were required to bring a swift and safe end to the protests.
Throughout the operation, officers kept asking the protesters to move – they weren’t deterred – but it was time to enforce the law, as gatherings are still prohibited.
Shortly before 11pm, police said some protesters had dispersed, but a significant number had remained and continued to refuse to leave the area.
Avon and Somerset Police tweeted: Officers will take proportionate action to disperse the crowd. They don’t stop anyone, and we always encourage people to keep going.
Then, after about 90 minutes, police reminded the public that such gatherings could further spread the virus.
But at 2:40 a.m., police tweeted that the protest had ended after officers enforced Covid-19.
About 130 people gathered in the early evening (Photo: PA).
Last night, police pursued a core group of about 50 protesters who refused to leave the area (Photo: SWNS).
Finally, the group disbanded completely at 2:40 a.m. (Photo: SWNS).
A police helicopter shines a spotlight on protesters in College Green (Photo: PA).
Superintendent Arms added: It is regrettable that they took this action on a day when we should be remembering all those who have lost their lives for Covid-19 in the past year.
The communities of Bristol have sacrificed so much and worked so hard to defeat this virus that it is unacceptable for their efforts to be insulted in this way.
Riots broke out in the city on Sunday, burning police cars, firing rockets at the crowd and smashing the windows of police stations.
About 3,000 people took part in a peaceful protest that began on College Green, but events turned violent after nearly 500 people showed up at New Bridewell police station.
Andy Marsh, chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police, said the protest had been hijacked by extremists.
Police have now released photos of 10 people they want to question in connection with the violent crime.
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Commissioner Carolyn Belafonte said: The inquiry into Sunday’s outrageous violence will undoubtedly be one of the most important in the history of Avon and Somerset police.
Over 100 officers and staff continue to work on the investigation, led by our Serious Crime Investigation Team.
Hundreds of hours of digital footage have already been searched and the images of the first 10 people with whom investigators want to talk about Sunday’s events have been identified.
Officers and staff are working through the footage as quickly as possible, but with over two terabytes of CCTV footage, as well as body cameras on nearly 100 officers and over 100 videos already submitted by the public for review, this will take a significant amount of time.
We plan to publish the photos of many more people in the coming days and ask anyone who recognizes someone to contact us.
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