A woman was arrested in Edinburgh yesterday, after she held up an anti-monarchy placard in front of the Queen’s motorcade (a term used to refer to the route of the Queen’s coffin motorcade).
While much of the nation is in mourning after the death of Her Majesty at the age of 96, some are using the public events that followed as a chance – rightly or wrongly – to express their point of view. view on wanting to abolish the monarchy and make the United Kingdom a republic. (a country in which the majority of power is held by the people and those they have elected).
The incident happened moments before the membership proclamation ceremony at Mercat Cross, where thousands of well-wishers lined the streets to watch the Queen’s coffin arrive in Scotland’s capital.
While paying tribute to the late monarch, the 22-year-old protester appeared in the crowd outside St. Gilles Cathedral, where she held a cardboard sign with the words “f*** imperialism, abolish the monarchy”.
Police officers came from behind and arrested her, which reportedly caused the crowd to cheer. One man reportedly shouted, “Let her go, it’s freedom of speech,” while others reportedly shouted, “Have some respect.”
A police spokesperson commented on the skirmish, saying the woman had been arrested “in connection with a breach of the peace”.
As the Lord Lyon King of Arms gave a speech to mark Charles’s royal proclamation, the crowd was again apparently disturbed by rowdies, who booed during the anthem “God Save the King”.
Mourners called the hecklers “disrespectful”, saying they should have avoided the proclamation if they believed in a republic.
One participant, Helen Smith, 48, of Livingston, said [via the Metro] “I believe everyone has the right to protest, but I thought it was in the wrong place at the wrong time. (It was) incredibly disrespectful to the event we were attending.
Another member of the crowd says it dampened the spirit of the event and had an impact on the rest of those gathered. Smith, an engineer, added: “We saw the police watching things behind us, and we thought something was going to go off, and it happened.
“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.
Deputy Chief Constable of Police Scotland Malcolm Graham said: “The loss of Her Majesty The Queen is deeply felt and the police have an important role to play in the coming days to ensure the ceremonies are carried out safely. and with dignity.”
The Queen’s coffin is being moved from the Palace of Holyroodhouse to St. Giles Cathedral today, which will be open to the public so they can pay their last respects for a 24-hour period.
Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and those mourning his death at this sad time.