Woman arrested after protester held anti-monarchy placard in Edinburgh

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A woman has been arrested after a protester held an anti-monarchy placard ahead of British King Charles III’s proclamation of accession in Edinburgh.

Police Scotland said the arrest was made outside St. Giles Cathedral, where the Queen’s coffin was due to be kept on Monday.

Moments before the proclamation on Sunday afternoon, a protester appeared in the crowd facing the Mercat cross.

An Accession Proclamation Ceremony at Mercat Cross, Edinburgh, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarch (Jane Barlow/PA)

She was holding a sign saying “f*** imperialism, abolish the monarchy”.

Officers appeared behind her and took her away, prompting the crowd to cheer.

One man shouted, “Let her go, it’s free speech,” while others shouted, “Have some respect.”

A police spokesman said a 22-year-old woman had been arrested “in connection with a public order offence”.

It came after hecklers were heard booing during the event.

During Charles’s first proclamation, the Lord Lyon King of Arms gives a speech before declaring “God save the King”, which the crowd repeats.

A man was heard booing throughout the cheers.

The national anthem was then sung, but afterwards people could be heard calling for the republic.

After Lord Lyon King led three cheers, saying “hip hip” to “hooray” responses, boos were heard for the second time.

Some mourners called the hecklers “disrespectful”, saying they should have avoided the proclamation if they believed in a republic.

Helen Smith, 48, from Livingston, told the PA News Agency: ‘I think everyone has a right to protest but I thought it was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“(It was) incredibly disrespectful to the event we had just witnessed.”

Ms. Smith, an engineer, feels this dampened the event for the rest of the crowd.

“We saw the police keeping an eye on things behind us, and we thought something was going to go off, and it happened,” she said.

“We just felt let down because the eyes of the world are on us right now.

“It’s a great moment in history. We had the death of the longest-serving monarch we’ve ever had, we proclaimed the new king, and then we have the ruckus in the back and the shouting.

Members of the public are seen during the ceremony (Jane Barlow/PA)

Ann Hamilton, 48, said she thought the interruptions were “terrible”.

Ms Hamilton, who traveled from Dumfries, told PA: ‘There are tens of thousands of people here today to show their respect.

“For them to be here, heckling through things, I think was terrible. If they were so against it, they shouldn’t have come.

“Once everyone was singing God Save The King at the top of their voices, it suffocated them.”

Donald Maclaren, 64, of Livingston, added: “It’s very disrespectful. There is a time and a place where you want to protest, but this is not the one.

“Someone shouted, ‘Republic now.’ Then when they did the three cheers, someone booed.

Liz Maclaren, 67, also called her “disrespectful”, saying: “The boos sounded like one person.”


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