A second, even bigger ‘Kill the Bill’ protest took to York last night (Wednesday).
Campaigners marched through the city centre, and past the Minster, chanting slogans to protest against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
They say it undermines the democratic right to peaceful protest, and gives draconian new powers to the police.
Campaigners also held rallies in both St Helen’s Square and King’s Square.
It was the second such demo in three days.
Last night’s event was timed to coincide with a Commons vote on the controversial bill. It received a second reading by 359 votes to 263, a majority of 96.
Labour’s amendment to block the second reading was defeated by 134 votes.
One protester told David Dunning on YorkMix Radio: “We’re defending our fundamental right to democracy.
“Regular people should have a right to participate in protests. It’s how we hold people to account.
“Throughout history so many of our rights have been gained through protests.”