Riot police were tonight locked in a tense stand-off with protestors in Bristol, just two days after anarchy engulfed the city’s streets.

Demonstrations flared up again on Tuesday night, after shocking scenes of violence left officers injured and cars torched in the city on Sunday.

Officers on horseback moved in to disperse around 130 demonstrators and police said ‘a significant number remain’ and are refusing to leave the area.

Police went on to warn of ‘proportionate action to disperse crowds’ who had gathered on College Green in the city centre, near the main council building.

The demo comes days after anarchy hit the city streets
(Image: PA)

In striking images protesters were seen kneeling in the street facing off against a line of shield carrying officers.

As they did a helicopter hovered above the city, shining a spotlight down onto crowds.

Protestors in the latest demo say they are showing solidarity with Travellers, who they claim are being unfairly targeted by the Government’s planned Police and Crime Bill.

But police want people to stay away in light of Covid restrictions.

Police and protesters at College Green in Bristol
Police said around 130 people had gathered
(Image: PA)
Protestors in Bristol kiss as they sit in front of a line of riot police
Protestors in Bristol kiss as they sit in front of a line of riot police
(Image: Martin Booth / SWNS)

According to the Daily Mail two female protesters spoke of how they were sat on the green when police came in with force.

One reportedly said: “They just came at us and gave us no warning whatsoever.

“I shouted to one ‘what are you doing’ and he hit me in the face. He hit my friend too and made her nose bleed. Nasty, nasty people.”

Police were also said to be seen wrenching tents away from people as they forced them back.

A huge police presence has been called in to break up the protests
A huge police presence has been called in to break up the protests
(Image: YouTube)

In footage shared online the protesters were heard chanting ‘shame on you’ and ‘kill the bill.’

Unlike the protests on Sunday, which saw multiple officers injured and vehicles torched, there appears to have been no physical confrontations.

The demo is the latest “Kill the Bill” protest in the city against the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will see the police handed new powers to tackle demonstrations.

This includes being able to decide when rallies start and finish, and control noise levels.

A much larger crowd gathered for the protests this afternoon
A much larger crowd gathered for the protests this afternoon
(Image: BPM MEDIA)
A large police presence has moved into the area of Bristol
A large police presence has moved into the area of Bristol
(Image: YouTube)

The government says the measures will “strengthen police powers to tackle non-violent protests that have a significant disruptive effect on the public”.

Opponents of the bill say it will allow the Home Office to stamp out dissenting voices.

Avon and Somerset Police said officers had attempted to engage with demonstrators, who are currently not allowed to gather due to coronavirus legislation, and asked them to move on.

The force tweeted: “Specially trained public order officers are beginning to disperse a protest from College Green in #Bristol.

“Officers had engaged with protestors & asked them to move on but tents & a sound system were set up.

“We remain in lockdown and we cannot allow this gathering to continue.”

Police said protesters had refused to leave when told to
Police said protesters had refused to leave when told to
(Image: YouTube)
The protestors have gathered to oppose a piece of legislation which would clamp down on legal protests
The protestors have gathered to oppose a piece of legislation which would clamp down on legal protests
(Image: BPM MEDIA)

Chief Superintendent Claire Armes earlier said that “all necessary and proportionate enforcement action will be taken”.

A police spokesperson said: “Protesters have been moved off College Green. A significant number remain on Deanery Road and continue to refuse to leave the area.

“Officers will take proportionate action to disperse crowds. They are not containing anyone and we continue to urge people to move on.”

A YouTube livestream appearing to be from the demonstration showed large numbers of police with some officers on horseback and others with dogs.

Shouts of “Our streets” and “Shame on You” could be heard.

Earlier on Tuesday much larger numbers of people came together in the city centre to protest the legislation.

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