‘Not My King,’ Anti-monarchy protest rocks King Charles III coronation
Protests by anti-monarchists have taken place in central London ahead of King Charles III’s coronation.
According to reports, activists from the group Republic marched alongside the King and Queen Consort’s route through London, with hundreds more expected to join a rally in Trafalgar Square.
They were heard chanting “Not My King” as the royal procession passed by.
Meanwhile, some of the protesters wearing yellow T-shirts with the words “Not My King” have been arrested.
On Saturday morning, police apprehended Republic CEO Graham Smith on St Martin’s Lane in Westminster, according to video footage posted on Twitter.
— Alliance of European Republican Movements (@AERMorg) May 6, 2023
“Six Republic members, including the CEO, were arrested as the demonstration began on the outskirts of Trafalgar Square,” Republic activist Luke Whiting, 26, told the PA news agency.
“It’s unclear why,” he said, “but it could be because one of them was carrying a loudhailer.”
“It is unclear how the police are using these new powers and whether they are misusing them to prevent protests.”
Shelly Asquith, an activist, shared photos on Twitter of demonstrators being questioned by police.
“Outrageous scenes of cops arresting anti-monarchy protestors and stealing their placards,” she wrote. So we’re not allowed to express public opposition to a man being crowned head of state because he was born into unimaginable wealth, while people queue at food banks and schools crumble.”
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