Orange with Media Services, published Tuesday 13 September 2022 at 12:04
“He is not my king”, “Abolition of the monarchy” and “End of feudalism” … Some Brits have had to deal with the police for expressing their opposition to the monarchy.
Subjects of King Charles III have the right to demonstrate, even against the monarchy, London police said, as several viral videos have shown protesters being arrested or escorted by law enforcement in recent days.
The death of the immensely popular 96-year-old ruler unleashed a strong wave of emotion, with tributes of rare unanimity including Northern Irish Republicans or Scottish separatists.
But some dissonant voices are heard. Already on Monday, as King Charles III went to parliament in London to receive condolences from both houses, two demonstrators showed documents stating “He is not my king”, “Abolition of the monarchy” and “End of feudalism”, on the pavement in front of the Palace of Westminster. One of them then approached the gates of Parliament, then the police officers accompanied her at a distance in a quiet environment, according to images published by Twitter by the newspaper. Evening standard that have been shared thousands of times.
“The public has absolutely the right to demonstratewe made it clear to all the agents involved in the extraordinary police operation currently underway and we will continue to do so ”, the Metropolitan Police reacted on the night between Monday and Tuesday.
Outside London, before Elizabeth II’s coffin arrives in Edinburgh on Sunday, the Scottish police were arrested for disturbing public order, amid applause, a woman holding a sign “Abolition of the monarchy”. She has been released but will have to be presented in court at a later date.
As the funeral procession went through the Scottish procession on Monday, a video circulated online showing it a man shouting “sick old man!” to Prince Andrewwho paid millions in the United States to avoid a sexual assault trial before he was violently removed from the crowd by agents.
In Oxford, central England, a 45-year-old peace activist was briefly arrested after shouting “Who elected him?” during a public proclamation of the new king.
The civil liberties organization Big Brother Watch denounced the recent arrests as “an affront to democracy”, recalling that “freedom of expression is the foundation of British democracy”.
According to a survey published on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the reign in June by the YouGov institute, 62% of Britons think that the country should remain a monarchy, only 22% believe that there should be an elected head of state.