Bristol protesters and police violence

    RIGHTS: With the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill making its way through parliament, Britain's right to protest and freely assemble continues to come under attack.

    In December, a protester who set fire to police vehicles during a riot in Bristol in March 2021 was sent behind bars for 14 years. The unusually harsh prison sentence came in the middle of an already heated debate in Britain about the right to demonstrate and express your disagreement with government policy. This issue gained importance because of events in the city of Bristol.

    The investigative journalist and filmmaker Simon White, based in Bristol, has just finished producing a documentary about the events that ultimately sent the protester to prison. It is about the public’s access to land and the so-called PCSC bill introduced by the conservative Boris Johnson government. PCSC stands for Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, and it was proposed in March of last year to overhaul criminal justice and sentencing legislation – in official lingo. Large parts of the British population consider the new law a severe tightening of their freedom of expression.

    Large parts of the British population consider the new law a severe tightening of their freedom of expression.

    Escalating struggles

    Bristol happened just as the law was proposed, and White takes it . . .

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