World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 19 Mar, 2021 02:45 am

Demonstrations against draconian Police Bill and police brutality held in UK cities

Demonstrations against draconian Police Bill and police brutality held in UK cities
The hostility to the two architects of the present clampdown, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick, stands as a devastating rebuke to the attempt to channel opposition to the Bill into the dead end of identity politics and “female-centred reform.”

One speaker noted that less than two weeks ago, in the same square where the rally was taking place, Greater Manchester Police—utilising draconian COVID-19 legislation—broke up a small protest by National Health Service workers and their supporters.We cannot forget that this problem is systemic… It was Greater Manchester Police who fined a health worker £10,000.It was Greater Manchester Police who targeted Black Lives Matter protesters last summer.It was Greater Manchester Police who invaded Fallowfield [student halls of residence] in September and turned Owens Park [part of the same complex] into a police state.

It was Greater Manchester Police that have consistently abused their powers.Demonstrators marched to the Metropolitan Police’s New Scotland Yard headquarters.

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