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'Kill the Bill' protestors take to the streets of London

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 17/04/2021 Antony Thrower For Mailonline
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Thousands of Kill the Bill protesters who have taken to the streets of London this afternoon have been accused of 'disrespect' towards the Duke of Edinburgh's funeral.

Placard-waving protesters have marched through the capital in another day of protests against the Government's new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill.

Similar rallies are taking place across the UK in the likes of Brighton, Newcastle, Sheffield and Bristol.

It comes despite pleas from police on a significant day for the nation as Prince Philip is laid to rest in Windsor.

Elizabeth II, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: Kill the Bill protesters march by a giant screen at Piccadilly Circus showing the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh

Kill the Bill protesters march by a giant screen at Piccadilly Circus showing the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh
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One protestor said on Twitter ahead of the march: 'On my way to Kill the Bill demo in London.

'May as well protest while I can. Use it or lose it!'

The action has angered some who believed it should have been postponed until tomorrow in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99.

One said: 'Do these always offended socks have no respect at all. On the day of Prince Philip's funeral, of all days.'

Another added: 'The same fruit loops who won't wear masks, complain that there is coverage of Prince Philip, complain about lockdown, moan about furlough and protest at every march blm, kill the bill, etc etc just woke troublemakers.

a large crowd of people: A number of protestors stand in a line holding up a number of banners at a 'Kill the Bill' protest on Parliament Square earlier today

A number of protestors stand in a line holding up a number of banners at a 'Kill the Bill' protest on Parliament Square earlier today
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'No idea about respect or responsibility.'

Yesterday the Met Police said they were expecting a 'busy weekend.'

They said in a statement: 'Ahead of what is expected to be a busy weekend, the Met is setting out the policing plan to deter crime and keep people safe across the capital.

'Saturday is a significant day for the nation, as His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is laid to rest in Windsor. While this event is not in London, the Met has had a protective security operation in place in the vicinity of Westminster and Buckingham Palace throughout the week to keep people safe and to deter criminal activity. This highly visible policing operation will continue through the weekend.

a group of people holding a sign: Masked protesters marching through London get their point across through placards and a mehaphone

Masked protesters marching through London get their point across through placards and a mehaphone
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'On Saturday afternoon, the Met is aware that a number of people are set to gather in central London as part of a demonstration.'

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors, leading the operation, said: 'Last Friday we were all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

'Saturday will be a solemn day for the nation, as His Royal Highness' funeral takes place in Windsor. We will continue to operate a bespoke policing plan in place around Buckingham Palace and Westminster, to keep people safe and to disrupt criminality.

'We will also be deploying a number of officers ahead of a demonstration in central London. I must stress that we remain in a public health crisis and gathering in large numbers presents a real risk of transmitting Covid-19.

'We have attempted to make contact with the organisers of Saturday's demonstration, to explain the rules which they are required to follow in order to make their gathering lawful.'

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