Kill the Bill protest to be held in Margate

A Kill the Bill protest is due to take place in Margate this Saturday.

The event is part of a national day of action supported by numerous groups including Extinction Rebellion, Sisters Uncut and the National Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

The protest concerns the controversial Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

The proposed law would give police new powers to restrict protests.

These include setting a start and end time, fining people for breaking rules they did not know and applying restrictions to demonstrations of only one person.

Similar demonstrations will be taking place across the country, but nowhere else in Kent.

The movement’s title has previously been criticised with some interpreting “the bill” as being in reference to police officers.

Supporters insist this is not the case and it is only referring to the law. 

The demonstration will begin at 1pm at Nayland Rock Shelter, All Saints/ Canterbury road.

Attendees are urged to wear masks and adhere to social distancing.

Other changes the law would bring include jailing child murderers for life, more closely monitoring terrorism offenders once they have been released and expanding stop and search powers.

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The House of Commons voted on the law this March.

It passed the first reading with the entire Conservative Party supporting the measures and all other parties opposing.