Several hundred people gathered on St Peter’s Square to protest the planned new government legislation yesterday. Following the “Kill the Bill”protest against the legislation,18 people were arrested in Manchester city centre.
The group of protestors gathered at around 1 pm on St.Peter’s Square yesterday and the majority of the group left the scene by 4 pm. According to police, a small group of people tried to block the tram track after the protest that caused significant disruption to transport networks.
After “repeated prior warnings” by police,18 people were arrested by the protestors.No injuries have been reported.
Chief Superintendent Andy Sidebotham said: “We have been working closely with partners and engaging with those present at the protest all afternoon to avoid any risk or disruption to the wider public in the city centre and today’s event was largely peaceful and without issue.”
“However, as the day went on the remaining group caused significant disruption to the public of Greater Manchester. I understand the desire to peacefully protest but by blocking trams this smaller group prevented passengers from travelling to work for essential journeys, including health and care workers. This was clearly unacceptable and, in our duty to serve the public, we could not allow it to be tolerated any longer.”