POLL: Should anti-monarchists be allowed to protest during period of mourning?

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Britain is mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II, who died last week after 70 years on the throne. Millions have turned out across the country to pay their respects and reflect on the late monarch’s life. But should anti-monarchists be allowed to protest during this period of mourning? Vote in our poll.

Some people, including civil liberties campaigners, have expressed concern over the police response to anti-monarchy protesters, following arrests in Edinburgh, London, and Oxford.

READ MORE: Andrew Marr rages over arrest of anti-monarchist ‘We’re a democracy’

Police Scotland said that a 22-year-old and 52-year-old had been arrested on the Royal Mile in connection with a breach of peace in recent days.

The UK toughened laws on protests earlier this year, giving police officers power to act in cases that they deem to be “unjustifiably noisy protests that may have a significant impact on others” or disrupt activities.

Advocacy group Liberty said that police powers to curtail protests are a cause of deep concern.

In response to incidents across the UK, Labour MP Zarah Sultana said: “No one should be arrested for just expressing republican views. Extraordinary – and shocking – that this needs saying.”

British journalist and broadcaster Andrew Marr declared anti-monarchist arrests as “outrageous” in a democratic nation.

 During Monday’s episode of Good Morning Britain he said: “I think that is outrageous. We are a democratic country. We are an open, disputatious country where we can say what is on our minds and I don’t believe for a moment that this is what the new king would have wanted.

“In fact, I would bet a lot of money that the new King is equally alarmed and upset by the fact that protesters are being arrested.”

The UK remains in a period of national mourning until the end of the day of the Queen’s funeral on Monday, September 19.

So what do YOU think? Should anti-monarchists be allowed to protest during the period of national mourning? Vote in our poll and leave your thoughts in the comment section below.

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