The Guardian: Police accused of ‘alarming’ attack on right to protest after anti-monarchist arrested

The Guardian reports

Scotland Yard has been accused of an “incredibly alarming” attack on the right to protest after police used new powers to arrest the head of the leading republican movement and other organisers of an approved demonstration just hours before King Charles III’s coronation.

Graham Smith, the chief executive of Republic, had been collecting drinks and placards for demonstrators at the main site of the protest on Trafalgar Square two hours before the king was due to arrive at Westminster Abbey when he was stopped along with five others by police on nearby St Martin’s Lane.

The group had been walking behind a rental van containing hundreds of placards when they were approached by the police and searched.

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