Police arrested nine people who took part in protests in London on Saturday, demanding the government reverse the planned legislation that would increase police powers.
More than 1,000 people marched through central London and chanted “Kill the Bill”
A police statement said nine people had been arrested and officers “continue to engage” with protesters gathered in a park in south London after the march.
Similar protests took place in other cities in England and Wales, including Bristol, which saw several days of clashes between protesters and police in March.
Under the new legislation, the British government wants to increase the powers of the police to block non-violent protests that have a “significant destructive effect” on the public or parliament.
The legislation will target the actions of groups such as environmental fighters Extinction Rebellion, which has organized mass protests to block bridges in recent years and whose members have clung to trains.
The Tower of London was closed to traffic in one direction for about an hour on Saturday after a protester against the missing riot stuck to the road.
Many protesters on Saturday said they did not trust the police to protect them and that the new laws would give the authorities too much power to end politically awkward protests such as those of Black Lives Matter and Extinction Rebellion.
“I’m really scared that they want to commit a protest crime,” said Jade Ree, a 30-year-old therapist.
“I don’t think there is any justification for that, because the idea of the protest is to disturb and really get people’s attention that something urgent is happening,” she added.
London police faced criticism from across the political spectrum in March for holding a vigil in memory of a murdered woman, Sarah Everard, whose suspected killer served as a police officer.
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