Woman Arrested And Charged After Holding ‘Abolish Monarchy’ Sign In Edinburgh

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

12 Sep 2022

A woman who held an “abolish monarchy” sign at a proclamation ceremony for King Charles III in Edinburgh was arrested and charged with a criminal offence.

The 22-year-old woman held a sign saying ‘f*** imperialism, abolish monarchy’, in the crowd opposite the Mercat moments before the proclamation of Charles III as new king.

Image: Protester at proclamation ceremony

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

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

The woman was just one in a series of arrests that have alarmed republican and human rights groups.

A 74-year-old man was arrested in connection with a breach of the peace.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A 74-year old man was arrested in the vicinity of the Palace of Holyroodhouse around 3.50pm on Sunday, September 11, 2022 in connection with a breach of the peace. He was later charged…”

Police Scotland also confirmed that a 22-year old man was “arrested in connection with a breach of the peace”, after heckling Prince Andrew as the Queen’s funeral cortege passed Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Monday.

When asked for comments about the incidents in a daily press
conference, the prime minister’s official
spokesperson said: “This is a period of
national mourning for the vast vast majority of the country, but the fundamental right to protest remains the keystone of our democracy.”