Thousands of demonstrators marched through central London this weekend (April 17) to protest the government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
The proposals have received criticism from across the political spectrum for contents in the bill labelled by some critics as an assault on civil liberties.
Among the myriad proposals in the bill are plans hand police sweeping powers to ban future protests and arrest those attending.
Gracie Bradley, the director of civil rights group Liberty, previously said that “parts of this Bill will facilitate discrimination and undermine protest, which is the lifeblood of a healthy democracy.
“We should all be able to stand up for what we believe in, yet these proposals would give the police yet more powers to clamp down on protest.
“They risk stifling dissent and making it harder for us to hold the powerful to account.”
Under the law, which passed the House of Commons on its second reading with support from Conservative MPs, protests could be forcefully shut down by the police if they were deemed to be causing significant disruption to the public, with protesters facing jail time for taking part.
It also makes provisions to give authorities more powers to forcibly remove traveller communities that critics say will criminalise those communities.
Below are a collection of the best photographs taken at the demonstration by Photographer Oliver Monk.