July 30, 2021
From Alternative Bristol (UK)

The first 5 protesters from the Bristol #KillTheBill protest on 21 March will be sentenced at Crown Court today – prison is a certainty for most; given the protests were there to struggle for freedoms for all, people are wondering if there is political pressure in the ‘legal’ protests here? Political prisoner support group, Bristol ABC, issued a renewed call for solidary and practical support for those facing the full force of the state;

Over 78 people have been arrested and 28 people have been charged. Three people are already in prison. Throughout the coming months, more and more people will be imprisoned after resisting police violence….

Why support the Kill the Bill Protestors in Prison?

What happened on 21st March was an outpouring of rage against the violence of the police. The crowd fought back after police officers attacked the crowd with batons and riot shields. Pepper spray was used indiscriminately, people were charged at with horses and hit over the head with batons and shields . The protesters fought back, seizing police riot shields, helmets and batons to defend themselves. By the end of the evening several police vehicles had been set on fire.

Those who defended themselves against the police have been branded ‘thugs’ and ‘wild animals’ by both Priti Patel and the police spokesperson. The police have been out for revenge for what happened at Bridewell ever since. That revenge has come in the form of the brutality used against the Kill the Bill protests in Bristol on March 23rd and 26th. And in the use of riot charges – the most serious public order charge available in English law punishable by a maximum of ten years in prison – against those who fought back on March 21st.

The full statement, and call for funds, is here.

More info is here.

Source: Alternativebristol.com