The Turkish-Kurdish Community Solidarity Center (Day-Mer) participated in the central London protests on Saturday, April 3, within the framework of coronavirus measures against the new police bill which has been criticised for police powers that will suppress freedom of speech and protest in England.
In a statement ahead of the protest, Day-Mer said: “As in all over the world, people in Britain have been dealing with the Covid-19 virus for more than a year, with more than a hundred thousand deaths lost as a result of the government’s conscious policies, new living conditions, psychological problems and economic problems, the government is secretly in the background drafted law: Police, Crime, Criminal and Court law.
‘This bill, which we can call the new police law in short, came to the point of being put to the voting in the parliament quietly until the Sarah Everard memorial service. Until the Sarah Everard commemoration was banned. Despite the prohibition of the commemoration, the new police law has now started to be heard and known and learned by the wider public, with the mass participation and the police detaining the women participating in the demonstration with reverse handcuffs on the ground.
‘The women’s protests against the murder of Sarah and the police violence were combined with those who opposed the police law with the slogan “we will not leave the streets”. Protests took place in the Parliament area where the second vote was held first. In the past weeks, the protests have spread to many places, especially in Bristol, Manchester and Sheffield. Those who highlighted the burning of police cars in the main media and tried to throw mud at the protesters did not mention the violence and the extent of the police in the same protests. Images in alternative media and social media have shown us the pre-rehearsals of the implementation of the new police law…”