LONDON (Reuters) – Police have arrested the leader of the anti-monarchist group The Republic hours before King Charles’s coronation on Saturday. London.
The Republic said it would stage the biggest protests in modern history against the British monarch. Protesters wore yellow T-shirts to stand out from those dressed in red, white and blue, and held placards reading “Not My King.”
They spent most of the service booing and singing songs like “He’s just a normal guy.”
But London police have warned that they will take action if protesters try to “disrupt the fun and celebration” of the day, and they formed a circle around the group.
The Republic said its leader, Graham Smith, was detained Saturday morning and a photo posted on Twitter showed him sitting on the ground surrounded by police officers.
“It’s disgusting and very overkill,” said Devon salesman Kevin John, 57, one of the protesters.
“It’s also very counterproductive for the police because it just creates an enormous amount of propaganda for us. It’s completely insane.”
Police did not disclose when Smith was arrested, but said they had arrested four people on suspicion of public indecency and three people on suspicion of possessing items that could lead to criminal damage.
The Republic said hundreds of placards had been seized.
“As we speak, the entire Republic core team is still in custody,” he said on Twitter.
Protests were also held in Glasgow, Scotland and Cardiff, Wales, with placards reading “Abolish the monarchy, feed the people”. , contrasted the pomp and splendor presented at the coronation ceremony.
Although a minority compared to the opposition, tens of thousands Polls that have gathered in the streets of London in support of the king show that support for the monarchy is declining, being the weakest among young people.
With the crown passed on from Queen Elizabeth to her less popular son, Republican activists hope Charles will be the last British monarch to be crowned.
Opposition Labor MP Clive Lewis said: “Born with wealth and privilege, the hereditary billionaire fundamentally symbolizes the inequality of wealth and power in our society.
In London, protesters demanded an elected head of state. They say the royal family has no place in modern constitutional democracy and is shockingly expensive to maintain.
Most of Saturday’s anti-monarchist protesters gathered in Trafalgar Square next to the statue of Charles I, who was beheaded in 1649, leading to a short-lived republic.
Others held placards saying “Privatize” and “Abolish the monarchy, not the right to protest.”
Other billboards include a picture of Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Charles’ son Prince Harry, with the words ‘Princess of the People’ and ‘God save the King’ with the late football great Pele. picture was drawn.
Since Charles’ accession to the throne last September, there have been protests at royal events. He was jeered at his Commonwealth Day event at Westminster Abbey in March, and egg-targeted in York in November.
The Queen’s death has also reignited debate in other parts of the world, including: Australia and Jamaicaon the need to retain Charles as head of state.
The New South Wales government said it had decided not to lighten the ship’s sails. sydney opera house Mark your coronations to save money.
While many other European monarchies have come and gone, or dwindled in size and importance, the British monarchy has remained remarkably resilient.
In Britain, opinion polls show that the majority of people still want the royal family, but support has been on a long-term downward trend.
Poll by YouGov last month found 64% of people in the UK said they had little or no interest in coronations. Between the ages of 18 and her 24, he reached 75% with little or no interest.
Reporting by Andrew MacAskill, Editing by Angus MacSwan, Alexandra Hudson
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