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In England, protests and riots against the police law again

In Bristol, England, on the evening of March 26, a protest against the bill to expand the powers of the police gathered again. The action began peacefully, but late in the evening escalated into clashes.

It is reported by Sky News.

The project, against which the people are protesting, will give the police in England and Wales more authority to set the conditions for peaceful protests, including if they are deemed too loud or harmful for any other reason.

About a thousand people went to the rally with the slogan “Kill the Bill” in the city center in the afternoon. People shouted” Justice for Sarah “(Sarah Everard, who was kidnapped on the street and killed in early March, the suspect is a London police officer) AND” Who are you protecting. ” Some turned on the music and danced.

Before the start of the protest, the police urged not to go to it, citing the risk of the spread of coronavirus.

Around 10 pm, when the police ordered the people to disperse, clashes broke out.

Daily Mirror journalist Matthew Dresch complained that force was used against him, despite the fact that he covered the protest as a reporter and did not pose any threat to law enforcement.

During the evening, 10 people were detained, of which three were detained for their actions during the riots last Sunday, March 21.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the violent protesters the next day.

“Our police should not be bombarded with stones, bottles, and fireworks from the crowd, inclined to violence and pogroms. The police and the city have my full support,” he said.

Let us remind you that the first action took place in the afternoon of March 21. At first, the protest was peaceful but later escalated into riots, during which two police cars were burned and windows in the police station were broken. As a result of the clashes, more than 20 law enforcement officers were injured, two of them were serious, and seven protesters were detained.

At the next meeting on the evening of March 23, there were no violent clashes, but 14 people were detained.

The third wave of COVID-19 hits oil prices

Benchmark oil prices are rapidly declining — the price of Brent has already reached $62 per barrel. The reason was the increase in the incidence of COVID-19 and the third wave of the pandemic in Europe. This leads to the introduction of strict quarantine restrictions, which clouds the prospects for oil demand.

The price of the May Brent crude oil futures fell to $61.98 per barrel by 17:38, according to Investing. This is 4.09% ($2.64) less than at the close of the last trading.

May WTI futures fell 4.45% ($2.74) to $58.87.

“Oil prices are falling on concerns about the third wave of coronavirus in Europe, which could negatively affect the prospects for economic recovery and energy demand,” Interfax quoted Margaret Young, an analyst at DailyFX, as saying.

Think Markets analyst Fawad Razaqzada believes demand will pick up as travel restrictions ease in the coming months, but “the impact of this will be offset to some extent by an increase in oil reserves.”

Recall that the number of deaths from COVID-19 has also increased worldwide. As for the infection rate, the global average increased by 8%, but in Europe, the increase was 12%. At the same time, anti-quarantine protests have not subsided in Europe.

In Amsterdam, the police used water cannons against the protesters

Amsterdam police used water cannons to disperse an unauthorized demonstration against restrictive measures on the coronavirus, the Dutch Broadcasting Corporation (NOS) reported.

Hundreds of people gathered in the city’s Museum Square under the slogan “drink coffee for freedom”, referring to the demand for freedom of assembly.

“The Amsterdam police again stopped the illegal demonstration in the Museum Square. The Museum Square and the surrounding area were identified as risk zones after there was evidence that people would go to the square with weapons. As a result, 58 people were detained, “ reports the Amsterdam City Hall.

The protest action took place in the same place the day before. On Saturday, police also used water cannons to disperse the crowd.

On January 23, the Dutch authorities imposed a curfew in the country to combat the spread of the coronavirus. It is valid from 21: 00 to 04: 30, violators face a fine of 95 euros.

The decision sparked mass protests in a number of cities in late January. In Haarlem and Rotterdam, police fired tear gas. In Amersfoort, the action ended in riots, after pyrotechnics flew at the police, and a local supermarket was looted in Hertogenbosch. Mass detentions were carried out across the country.

The authorities later extended the curfew until March 31.

In London, 33 people were detained at a protest rally

The number of people detained at the protests in London has reached 33, the police of the British capital said.

“By 18.45, 33 people were detained by police guarding rallies in central London. Most of the arrests were made for violating the rules of COVID-19, ” the police said.

On Saturday, protests were held in central London against restrictions due to the coronavirus, as well as in connection with the murder of 33-year-old Sarah Everard.

The protesters gathered in Hyde Park, marched through the central streets of the city, and then went to the government buildings on Whitehall Street and to the British Parliament.

Police disperse BLM activists in Belgium with water cannons and tear gas

In Belgium, police dispersed Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists participating in protests against “police violence” with water cannons and tear gas. This is reported by the RTBF TV channel.

During the clashes in the city of Liege, 11 policemen were injured and several dozen people were detained. In social networks, there were videos of skirmishes between law enforcement officers and residents of the city.

The authorities note that the participants of the rally staged pogroms. The protesters smashed McDonald’s in the city center and cars parked near it, smashed several transport stops, smashed shops and cars. Activists also broke windows in the police station and the city hall of Liege.

The protest actions in Belgium began after a video of the detention of a young girl of African descent by law enforcement officers “with the use of force” was distributed on the Internet.

In January, it was reported that the Black Olives Matter (BLM) movement was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. A similar initiative was made by a member of the Norwegian Parliament, Petter Eide. According to him, the movement has become an integral part of the “global struggle against racial discrimination” and has been able to attract interest in this topic around the world.