The bill, if brought into power, could prevent the public’s right to a peaceful protest if the police deem it to be a “serious public disorder, serious damage to property or serious disruption to the life of the community.”
In response to the disorder, which left 20 police officers injured and was reportedly ‘hijacked by extremists’ many ministers and officials have condemned what happened. Prime minister Boris Johnson called the scenes “absolutely unacceptable” and that the violence showed towards the police “will not be tolerated.”
Home secretary Priti Patel, the architect of the bill, echoed these words on Twitter.
Unacceptable scenes in Bristol tonight.
Thuggery and disorder by a minority will never be tolerated.
Our police o… https://t.co/fhdoDiZ7k7
However, in further proof that the British public can make a joke out of almost anything, the first line of Patel’s response (’Unacceptable scenes in Bristol’) has become an instant meme with many using it to name other unacceptable things that they have seen in Bristol.
When you hear that Portishead haven’t put out a record in 12 years https://t.co/EmAva7zigN
In remains to be seen what action will be taken against those involved in the disturbances on Sunday, which also saw two police vans set on fire and protesters attempt to smash the windows of a police station.