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Police Arrest Anti-Monarchy and Environmental Protesters at Coronation of King Charles

HeadlineMay 08, 2023

In Britain, thousands of guests packed into Westminster Abbey Saturday to witness the coronation of King Charles. Outside the ceremony, police cracked down on protesters, arresting at least 52 people. Activists from the anti-monarchy group Republic say their leader and other members were detained even before they started protesting. Environmentalists with Just Stop Oil and other groups were also arrested. Demonstrators condemned laws suppressing public protest, the monarchy’s colonial history and its anti-democratic nature.

Protester: “Our intention is to show that there is a republican movement in the U.K., and it is growing every single day. The trends show more and more people dislike the monarchy and want an elected head of state, or no head of state, or a democratic alternative to what we have now.”

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