Anti-monarchy protests take place across London, six people arrested

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By stefan armitage

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Anti-monarchy protests are taking place across London - moments before Charles III is set to formally be crowned King.

Despite thousands of people lining the streets of The Mall and millions more watching and celebrating at home, not everybody is supportive of today's Coronation for King Charles III.

With the rumored £100 million event taking place during a cost-of-living crisis across the UK, per Metro, it is no surprise that some people are voicing their disapproval at today's historic events.

BBC News reports that demonstrators have gathered in the city, with half a dozen protesters from the anti-monarchy group Republic being arrested by police near Trafalgar Square.

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The members were reportedly unloading a van of placards with anti-monarchy slogans written on them.

The anti-monarch group Republic tweeted this morning that its leader, Graham Smith, was one of the six arrested, writing: This morning, @GrahamSmith_ and 5 members of our team were arrested. Hundreds of placards were seized. Is this democracy? "

On Twitter, the group describes itself as "campaigning to replace the Monarchy with an elected head of state."

In another Twitter, the group writes: "Some ask why we're protesting. It's because we want to use the coronation to change the debate about the monarchy and show that we're not a nation of royalists."

It is hoping to have around 1,500 supporters join them on the streets of London today.

Demonstrators have been seen holding placards and flags with slogans such as "Abolish The Monarchy" and "Not My King".

One of those arrested, Matt Turnbull, said that the they were arrested after officers believed that the alleged straps used to hold the placards were "misconstrued" for locking on. It comes after new legislation was passed this week making it illegal to prepare to lock-on to things like street furniture, per BBC News.

London's Metropolitan police has confirmed that over 11,000 officers have been deployed to ensure the safety of everybody involved and members of the public during today's Coronation events.

Additionally, police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said on Friday there will be a "very low tolerance for disruption" on the streets during the King's Coronation.

Featured image credit: dpa picture alliance / Alamy

Anti-monarchy protests take place across London, six people arrested

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By stefan armitage

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Anti-monarchy protests are taking place across London - moments before Charles III is set to formally be crowned King.

Despite thousands of people lining the streets of The Mall and millions more watching and celebrating at home, not everybody is supportive of today's Coronation for King Charles III.

With the rumored £100 million event taking place during a cost-of-living crisis across the UK, per Metro, it is no surprise that some people are voicing their disapproval at today's historic events.

BBC News reports that demonstrators have gathered in the city, with half a dozen protesters from the anti-monarchy group Republic being arrested by police near Trafalgar Square.

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Credit: PA Images / Alamy

The members were reportedly unloading a van of placards with anti-monarchy slogans written on them.

The anti-monarch group Republic tweeted this morning that its leader, Graham Smith, was one of the six arrested, writing: This morning, @GrahamSmith_ and 5 members of our team were arrested. Hundreds of placards were seized. Is this democracy? "

On Twitter, the group describes itself as "campaigning to replace the Monarchy with an elected head of state."

In another Twitter, the group writes: "Some ask why we're protesting. It's because we want to use the coronation to change the debate about the monarchy and show that we're not a nation of royalists."

It is hoping to have around 1,500 supporters join them on the streets of London today.

Demonstrators have been seen holding placards and flags with slogans such as "Abolish The Monarchy" and "Not My King".

One of those arrested, Matt Turnbull, said that the they were arrested after officers believed that the alleged straps used to hold the placards were "misconstrued" for locking on. It comes after new legislation was passed this week making it illegal to prepare to lock-on to things like street furniture, per BBC News.

London's Metropolitan police has confirmed that over 11,000 officers have been deployed to ensure the safety of everybody involved and members of the public during today's Coronation events.

Additionally, police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said on Friday there will be a "very low tolerance for disruption" on the streets during the King's Coronation.

Featured image credit: dpa picture alliance / Alamy