In the United Kingdom, thousands of people were again on Saturday to protest a bill about giving more powers to the police in non-violent demonstrations. After a march in London, fighting broke out.
People took to the streets on Saturday in dozens of villages and cities. Climate activists from Extinction Rebellion and the Black Lives Matter movement were also represented. Almost all protests were peaceful, but in the center of the capital, London, small clashes broke out between protesters and the police, who were present with a lot of manpower.
Ten officers were slightly injured during the protests, the police say they have made at least 26 arrests. According to police commander Ade Adelekan, the vast majority of the activists adhered to the corona rules, but a small group escaped from it. “This left us no choice but to move to an enforcement phase.”
Riots also broke out in pro-British parts of Northern Ireland as a result of mounting tensions in the region. The main protests here were against Brexit. Cars were set on fire and masked people pelted a police van with petrol bombs.
Many pro-British residents strongly oppose the new trade barrier introduced between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom as part of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union. Political leaders, including the British Secretary of Northern Ireland, had called for calm on Saturday. But according to the police, disturbances broke out on the outskirts of the Northern Irish capital Belfast.
Fifteen officers were injured on Friday when rioters attacked them in another part of Belfast with stones, metal rods, fireworks and manhole covers. The police officers sustained burns and head wounds, among other things. Seven people were arrested, two of whom were 13 and 14 years old.