Communist Party of Britain

The many hundreds of people out on the streets of Bristol, demonstrating their anger against the Crime and Policing Bill, is the natural response to what is seen as a massive growth in the power of the police and the state attempting to silence those fighting for justice, says Bristol, Bath and Gloucester Communist Party. The violence that has erupted at these demonstrations has far more to do with the police tactics adopted, than any irrational behaviour; and the fact that the police response was very different to that used after recent football events, underpins the reality of the political nature of the State’s intervention. Local Comrades involved at the very centre of the events in Bristol have confirmed that the demonstration was peaceful for several hours before violence broke out, and that this was primarily a reaction to police aggression, despite media reports to the contrary. The increasingly hostile…

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