Anti-Monarchy Protesters Arrested Ahead of Coronation Ceremony

Several people were arrested in central London on Saturday, May 6, according to the Metropolitan Police, as anti-monarchy protesters gathered in anticipation of the coronation of King Charles III.

Police said that four people were arrested in the area of St Martin’s Lane, where footage shows two protesters from the #NotMyKing movement surrounded by police, and a person being escorted into a police vehicle.

According to police, the protesters were held on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance.

Police said three more arrests were made in the Wellington Arch area, and an unspecified number of people were detained around Carlton House Terrace.

Protesters were held on suspicion of breaching the peace and on suspicion of possessing articles to cause criminal damage, according to police. Credit: Alliance of European Republican Movements via Storyful

Video transcript

- In a democracy, we shouldn't be arresting people for peaceful protests.

- I'm not going to get into a conversation about that, OK? They're under arrest, end of. OK? Thank you.

- So, excuse me--

- I'm not here to interview, OK, thank you.

- Why are these people being arrested for protesting in a democracy?

- They seek out all [INAUDIBLE]. the way around public square.


- [INAUDIBLE] of the big Not My King protest. And the very first thing that the police does is arrest the protesters. There's Graham from the Republic Campaign. The police said they will not be interfering with the protests. But clearly something different is happening. So let's see what happens.