Don’t Punish Royal Protesters for Speaking Out Against Colonial Legacy

Target: Sir Mark Rowley, Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis

Goal: Prevent unlawful arrest and detainment of anti-monarch protesters.

The United Kingdom (UK) is supposed to be a parliamentary democracy. Recent actions against protesters, however, have left critics feeling as if they are still living in a monarchy. The controversy follows the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

UK citizens took to the streets after the queen’s passing to protest the authoritarian and colonial legacy of the English monarchy and the continued funding of the royal family by British citizens. They have also staged protests at some royal events, such as the recent proclamation of King Charles III to the throne. Arrests were made at that event after a man seemingly only shouted, and other arrests or threats of arrest have been made against people who were reportedly doing nothing more than holding signs.

The royal family’s power is primarily symbolic in modern times, but some authorities seemingly believe they still serve them and not the public. Sign the petition below to demand these officials start acting in line with democracy.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Sir Rowley,

The United Kingdom may be in a period of national mourning, but that does not mean its obligation to maintain democratic norms takes a holiday. Protecting minority rights and freedom of speech is integral to the democratic process. As a prime minister spokesperson aptly noted, “the fundamental right to protest remains a keystone of our democracy.”

This right must be respected, even and especially in the most difficult times. An outdated law should not be used as an excuse to arrest and otherwise attack peaceful protesters. Please do not dishonor the queen’s memory by allowing such hateful actions in her name.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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