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Anti-monarchists condemn London police
Mon, 02 May 2011 12:05:58 GMT
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Anti-royal wedding activists have condemned the Metropolitan police for their pre-crime arrests, made to ensure the security of the wedding.

The Republicans and other anti-monarchy activists claimed that they were under London police arrest for an adequate time to assure the officials that they would not disturb the party; however, they were not charged.

The Republican campaigners, who had organized an alternative party to the royal wedding, just yards from Westminster Abbey, were detained for 24 hours in the police stations on 29 April, while thousands of British nationals descended to streets in London to watch the occasion.

London police arrested about 55 people on the wedding day and around 31 others on Thursday, even before the proposed protests had happened.

Charlie Veitch, a stunt filmmaker, a member of Love Police group was among those arrested. He said that he had planned to go to Soho Square to shout about the wedding costs at the time that the government is launching its austerity measures.

"I spent 16 hours in Parkside police station [in Cambridge] in a box-like cell. Then at 10am the next day, the Met police came to Cambridge and took me to Edmonton police station,” he said.

"They never made anyone aware of where I was. To my family, it was like I had been disappeared for the entire duration of the royal wedding," he added.

Regarding the pre-crime arrests on the wedding eve, Solicitor Mike Schwarz, the author of The Law of Public Order and Protest said, "The police's tactics are of deep concern to anyone interested in the right to protest and dissent. Pre-emptive action by the police is a growing trend and of doubtful legality."

"It fits in with the pattern of increasing reliance on kettling and the excessive use of force at the protests such as those at the G20," he added.

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