Kill the Bill Cornwall joined the coalition of resistance to G7

Anti-crime bill protesters hold a banner up in front of a line of police

Cornwall’s Kill the Bill movement held its most recent protest on 13 June. And it coincided with the G7 summit’s presence in the county.

Kill the Bill and the G7 collide

As part of the Resist G7 coalition’s list of Sunday events, Kill the Bill Cornwall held a demo in Falmouth. Although unauthorised, the organisers said in a press release that:

Police liaised, police approved protest is not protest. Our rights were won through noisy, disruptive, and annoying protest. Kill the Bill Cornwall does not liaise with the police. We do not ask permission to protest.

Starting around 1.30pm, there was strong anti-police sentiment throughout. But the event also highlighted other crucial injustices that the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill (PCSCB) will ramp up:

One speaker highlighted the particular irony of holding the G7 in Carbis Bay, near St Ives:

More than 6,000 police officers were deployed into Cornwall to protect the G7, according to a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson.

There were approximately 200 people in the crowd and chants stated a broad range of concerns. These included remembering George Floyd and Sarah Everard, the rights of travellers, and disgust for front bench Tories:

In its press release, Kill the Bill Cornwall highlighted the presence of a hub for establishment journalists. It said:

The media centre has its own exclusion zone. Approved journalists from the billionaire press are spinning the G7. An exclusion zone has been set up to report the essential news of what the world leaders and their spouses are wearing.

As a result, the crowd paid particular focus to the heavily policed International Media Centre.

Intelligence  officers were a key part of the police response to the march. But people in the crowd responded by blocking cameras with banners:

And police flew a drone above the crowd:

The demo passed off calmly and ended soon after 3pm.

Main image via Shoal Collective

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