Hundreds of people gathered at Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham for a Kill The Bill protest on Saturday, 27 March.
The Bill is the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill which would give more power to put conditions on static protests.
- The Bill would make certain aspects of the Coronavirus Act permanent.
- The Bill makes it possible for those who damage memorials to be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison.
- Protesters who do not follow police instructions could be fined up to £2,500.
Nottingham’s Extinction Rebellion group made a statement before the protest saying it had “a deep commitment to non-violence”.
Tanya Myers, from Extinction Rebellion Nottingham, who spoke at the protest, described it as an “intimate affair”. When asked why she was taking part in the protest, she replied that it was “the normalisation of sexual harassment” that “brought [her] here”.
She added that “it’s a point in time that we need radical change” and that we “have to fight this”.
According to Myers, “by taking away the right for people to protest, we’re taking away the responsibility that each of us have as citizens to hold our governments to account.”
At a time when Covid-19 is still very much present, Myers said people were being “very responsible” during the protest and “you can see the distance between people in the crowd”.
A group of University of Nottingham students who attended the protest and are part of a feminism group said they were there to “pay their respects” to Sarah Everard, a 33-year-old woman whose body was found on Clapham Common.
A Met Police officer is due to go on trial accused of the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard.
Mollie Cartwright, a Nottingham resident, said the bill protest “ties very nicely” with “women’s issues at the moment”.
She added: “When they (the government) try to take away our rights to protest it’s important that we combat that by protesting peacefully.”
No arrests were made during the protest.