The director of the anti-monarchist group “Republic”, Graham Smithand other organizers of a protest against the coronation of King Charles III of the United Kingdom have been arrested this Saturday by the Police before the start of the event, as reported to the media by this organization.
Smith had been collecting banners for the protesters in Trafalgar Square when he was detained by the police, according to the newspaper Guardian.
“Republic” search replace the monarch with an elected head of state and support a protest today under the motto “NotMyKing” (not my king).
“They were picking up the banners and taking them away when the police stopped them,” he said. Harry Strattona member of Republic, who arrived when Smith and the others were arrested.
Members of the organization were collecting the banners from a vehicle when they were detained.
”The boys asked why and were told: we will tell you that once we have registered the vehicle. It was then that six organizers were arrested. We asked them for what reason they had been arrested, but they did not answer. It is a surprise since we had had several meetings with the police. They had been making all the right noises,” Stratton added.
The arrest occurred around 7:30 a.m. local time (0630 GMT) when hundreds of anti-monarchist protesters had gathered in Trafalgar Square with flags and yellow shirts to highlight their opposition to the monarch’s coronation.
The forces of order have carried out a strong security device, with more than 10,000 agents deployed on the streets of the British capital to ensure that the event passes without incident.
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The coronation is an event that is falling out of favor in European monarchies, however, in the United Kingdom it remains in force, since the British people honor their traditions with joy.
By law, the throne must never be left vacant and the new monarch must immediately succeed the previous one. However, the new king cannot be crowned until the mourning period is over.
On the day of George VI’s death, February 6, 1952, Elizabeth II acceded to the throne but was crowned on June 2, 1953. After the almost 70-year reign of Elizabeth II, her eldest son Charles, at the age of 74, will be formally enthroned as King of the United Kingdom and sovereign of the fourteen countries that are part of the Commonwealth (Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, the Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, the United Kingdom, and, until recently, Barbados).
In a message late Friday, the British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunakstressed that the coronation is a “moment of extraordinary national pride”since, in his opinion, “no other country is capable of mounting such a dazzling display.”
”No other country can put on such a dazzling display: the processions, the pageantry, the ceremonies and the street parties. But it’s not just a show. Is a proud expression of our history, our culture and our traditionsSunak said.
(With information from EFE)
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