Elizabeth II: London police ask their officers to respect the right to demonstrate

Elizabeth II: London police tell officers to respect right to protest


Police in London have warned officers that the public has a right to protest against the monarchy after a viral video showed law enforcement escorting a protester and arrests across the rest of the UK since the death of Elizabeth II. 

The death of the immensely popular 96-year-old sovereign has triggered a strong wave of emotion, with tributes from a rare unanimity including the Northern Irish Republicans or the Scottish separatists.

On Monday, as King Charles III made his way to Parliament in London to receive condolences from both houses, two protesters held up papers reading 'Not my king', 'Abolition of the monarchy' and 'End of feudalism', on the pavement opposite the Palace of Westminster.

One of them then approached the gates of Parliament, then police officers accompanied her from a distance in a calm environment, according to images broadcast by Twitter by the “Evening Standard” newspaper which have been re-shared thousands of times.

“The public absolutely has the right to demonstrate, we have made this clear to all officers involved in the extraordinary police operation currently in place and we will continue to do so,” reacted the Metropolitan Police on Monday night. See you Tuesday.

Outside London, ahead of the arrival of Elizabeth II's coffin in Edinburgh on Sunday, Scottish police arrested a woman who was holding a “Abolition of the Monarchy” sign.

She has been released but will be due in court at a later date.

As the funeral procession passed through the Scottish procession on Monday, a video circulated online showing a man shouting “old sick man!” to Prince Andrew, who paid millions in the United States to avoid a trial for sexual assault, before being violently removed from the crowd by officers.

In Oxford, in the center of the 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 “the freedom of expression is the foundation of British democracy.”

According to a poll published on the occasion of 70 years of reign in June by the YouGov institute, 62% of Britons believe that the country should remain a monarchy , with only 22% believing that there should be an elected head of state.