AROUND 250 'Kill the Bill' protestors confronted the police outside the G7 media centre in Falmouth this afternoon.

Chanting anti-police slogans the small group of protestors many of them head to toe in black wearing balaclavas carried anti-police and anti-bill banners. 

Falmouth Packet:

They were protesting against the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

The PCSC Bill is designed to introduce new police powers and review the rules around crime and justice across England and Wales. 

Falmouth Packet:

It proposes wide-ranging new police powers when it comes to protests, such as the ability to impose “conditions” on any protest which is deemed to be disruptive to the local community and up to 10 years in prison for damaging memorials, such as statues.

The venue for the unauthorised protest was announced at the last minute on Facebook, which may account for the low number that attended.

Falmouth Packet:

A sound system played as a large number of police looked impassively on. Extra police were parked in vans around the corner.

Many protestors voiced grievances against the police and world leaders in general.


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They took it in turns to use a megaphone to talk about what they had against the bill while others questioned the police for their motives or insulted them.

A large white banner was held up in front of the police.

Falmouth Packet:

One bystander walked up to a policeman and duty and told him not to listen to what they were saying.

Another onlooker told me: "It's pretty pathethic turn out really, not a patch on yesterday's protests."

Falmouth Packet:

Posting on Facebook earlier the group said: "The G7 leaders are protected by 6000 cops. The policing operation and the messaging police have put out about protest is a taste of things to come if the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill goes ahead. Our right to protest will be limited to police approved sites.

Falmouth Packet:

"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."

Falmouth Packet:

Thousands of extra police have been drafted into cover the summit with police designating lawful protest zones.

The protestors purposefully refused to follow those rules.