Shrewsbury 'Kill the Bill' protest passes off peacefully

A peaceful protest was held in Shrewsbury to object to a Government Bill to give the police greater powers to crack down on protests and sit-ins.

The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry
The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry

A group of about 30 people of all ages met in the town's Quarry Park on Saturday to protest again the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Court Bill.

Unlike 'Kill the Bill' protests last month in cities including London and Bristol the event was peaceful and socially distanced.

The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry

The group walked around the Quarry before sitting in the park to hear from a number of speakers.

People enjoying an Easter Saturday walk in the Quarry looked on as the protest was held.

The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry

Banners were carried announcing that the group was peacefully protesting to protect the right to peaceful protest and to retain freedom to protest.

Kill the Bill events have been held across the UK to object to the 307-page Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will give police and the home secretary greater powers to crack down on protests.The proposed legislation also gives police more power to deal with static protests such as sit-ins.

The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry

Those taking part in Shrewsbury included members of the local Extinction Rebellion Group.

A banner was pinned to the Kingsland Bridge during the lunchtime event.

The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry

One of those at the protest said: "If the bill is passed racial bias will be excused by law and the discrimination that is faced, most of all by black men and youth will get worse."

The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry. Photo: Hermione Byron Low.

Protest supporter Hermione Byron Low added: "Among the speakers at the demonstration, there was a diverse mix of people, including students, people of colour, Extinction Rebellion supporters, and members of the LGBT and trans communities.

"Several members of the audience noted the shared feeling of compassion and solidarity on the sunny Easter Saturday. They wish to spread a message of hope in standing up for human rights and the freedom to protest, all of which are under threat by the new policing bill."

The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry. Photo: Hermione Byron Low.
The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry. Photo: Hermione Byron Low.
The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry. Photo: Hermione Byron Low.
The 'Kill the Bill' protest in Shrewsbury's Quarry. Photo: Hermione Byron Low.

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