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UK Plan to Curb Protests Faces Opposition in Parliament

Protesters demonstrate opposite the House of Lords in London, U.K., on Jan. 17.

Protesters demonstrate opposite the House of Lords in London, U.K., on Jan. 17.

Photographer: Leon Neal/Getty Images

London (AP) -- Britain’s Conservative government has suffered a setback in Parliament in its attempt to give authorities stronger powers to curb peaceful but disruptive protests.

Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, late Monday rejected some of the most contentious provisions in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The defeated measures would give police officers the right to stop and search people at demonstrations without suspicion, allow courts to bar named individuals from attending protests and empower police to curb protests that are judged to be too noisy.