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Free speech campaigners defend anti-monarchy protests — Analysis

British freedom of speech activists condemned the arrests of several people who interrupted events in relation to Queen Elizabeth II’s death and the accession of King Charles III. Prince Andrew was disgraced after he became embroiled in an alleged sex abuse scandal.

Oxford police arrest officers “de-arrested”After he shouted, a man was seen on Sunday. “Who elected him?”During the proclamation ceremony of the new King. He was then taken in a van by police officers and released. Thames Valley Police stated that he remains with them. “engaging with us voluntarily as we investigate a public order offense,”According to the BBC

A young couple were charged in Edinburgh with two incidents of breaching peace on Sunday and Monday. The man calling himself Prince Andrew was captured in videos shared via social media. “a sick old man” as the Duke of York walked behind the Queen’s hearse in a funeral procession.

Before being taken into custody, the man was pushed away by angry mourners. He spoke to reporters afterward and said: “powerful men shouldn’t be allowed to commit sexual crimes and get away with it.”

Prince Andrew, an associate of the American pedophile Jeffrey Epstein settled a civil suit in February. He was charged with sexual abuse of a minor. Prior to his disastrous BBC interview, where he denied ever having met the victim he was accused of sexually abusing in 2020, the Duke and Duchess of York were stripped of their royal patronages as well as honorary military titles.

On Monday, London police told a barrister that he could be charged with criminal offenses. face arrestFor “offending people”He could have written “Not my King”A placard of papers. On Tuesday, the barrister addressed ITV. saidThat “we need to allow people to protest peacefully the political accession of a monarch.”

Ruth Smeeth was the chief executive officer of Index on Censorship. She described these events as “deeply concerning,”Tell the BBC “we must guard against this event being used, by accident or design, to erode in any way the freedom of expression that citizens of this country enjoy.”

Officers from the police force have been known to “duty to protect people’s right to protest as much as they have a duty to facilitate people’s right to express support, sorrow, or pay their respects,”Silkie Carlo, director of Big Brother Watch, was also added.

After spending the night at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, the Queen’s coffin will be flown to London on Tuesday, and Elizabeth will be laid to rest at Windsor Castle after a state funeral next Monday. 

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