Kill the Bill protesters said to ‘stop getting in the way’ as couple arrive in limousines for the wedding
A Nottingham protest was temporarily halted after a couple arrived in a limousine to be married at Council House.
Protesters were urged to “stop standing and getting in the way” and let the couple pass as the large limousine pulled up in the old market square on Saturday (May 15).
A woman who was part of the wedding interrupted the event and told protesters to ‘show some respect’ to the couple as they got out of the vehicle and made their way to the building.
Protesters then applauded and cheered the couple before entering for their ceremony.
It came about during a “Kill the Bill” protest in Old Market Square against the government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will see the police grant new powers to fight crime. demonstrations.
Protesters criticized the bill and its attempts to silence peoples’ rights to “speak out against injustice”, condemning the bill and also denouncing alleged police brutality.
This was accompanied by a demonstration of support for the Palestinian people following the unrest in the region earlier this week.
The protest heard speeches from a number of organizations including the Nottingham Trades Council and Stand Up to Racism.
A spokesperson for the Trades Council told the crowd: “The right to protest is a fundamental right that we can never take for granted.
“Such rights can never be taken for granted, they are not permanently guaranteed and must be protected. The bill is a serious attack on our right to protest and gives head office the ability to decide what a disruption is.
“In Britain we have six million people organized into unions. Unfortunately many have been very silent on this bill and the Labor Party has also been silent until Starmer was ashamed to condemn what s ‘happened at Clapham Common.
“All of this makes it clear that the police are used to openly defend the inequalities of the rich and powerful, and the Police and Crime Bill is one example.
“If the bill goes into effect it will not be able to stop the protests, there is huge anger at what the Conservatives are doing to our jobs, our wages and our livelihoods.”
Georgia Paling, 29, was one of many in attendance and told Nottinghamshire Live that ‘Kill the Bill’ and Palestinian causes ‘fit together’.
She said: “The reason we need the right to protest is to highlight what is happening in Palestine right now.
“The two causes work and fit together very well, it’s about oppression and trying to silence people.
“The Palestinians are people, they are oppressed and violently targeted. As a people we are oppressed by our government trying to prevent us from having a voice.”
A Palestinian flag was planted atop the Clarks building on Long Row during the subsequent protest after a man climbed four floors of scaffolding.