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Police make arrests at violent protest in Bristol, England

Police make arrests at violent protest in Bristol, England
March 27, 2021

BRISTOL (Reuters) – Police made arrests late on Friday in the city of Bristol in southwest England after protests turned violent with people throwing projectiles at them, the police said.

"Projectiles, including eggs and glass bottles, are being thrown at officers. Protestors are also pulling at officers’ shields while lasers are being shone in their faces," the local Avon and Somerset Police said in a tweet here.

“We will not tolerate violent disorder,” the local police force added.

Thousands of demonstrators had converged on the city centre, ignoring COVID-19 restrictions, to protest against a government bill going through parliament that would give police new powers to restrict street protests.