LONDON – Several arrests were made in London on Saturday morning ahead of the coronation of King Charles III. London’s Metropolitan Police said they had arrested “several” people on suspicion of “conspiracy to cause public nuisance”, “suspicion of breach of the peace” and “suspicion of possessing articles to cause criminal damage”.
The anti-monarchy Republic party tweeted early Saturday that six of its protesters had been arrested.
This morning, @GrahamSmith_ and 5 members of our team were arrested. Hundreds of placards were seized. Is this democracy? #NotMyKing #Coronation
— Republic (@RepublicStaff) May 6, 2023
“Hundreds of placards have been confiscated. Is this democracy?” The team said on Twitter.
Anti-monarchy protests are planned ahead of King Charles III’s coronation and a major security operation involving more than 11,000 police is underway, CBS partner network BBC News reported.
On Friday, Police Commissioner Mark Rowley said there would be “very little tolerance for disruption”.
A major police operation is underway in central London.
We arrested several people in the Carlton House Terrace area.
Those persons have been arrested on charges of breach of peace.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) May 6, 2023
The republic asked people to gather in central London on May 6 wearing yellow and carrying signs with slogans such as “Not my king” and “Abolish the monarchy”.
UK Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden told Britain’s Time Radio there had been reports of a possible planned disruption of the coronation procession by unidentified activists.
Dowden said the government has received intelligence that some people may try to scare horses along the procession route by sounding rape alarms. He said the police “will use all powers at their disposal to maintain public order and ensure that the event is not disrupted.”
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