Anti-monarchists to demonstrate in Cardiff during King Charles’ visit to Wales

Anti-monarchists to demonstrate in Cardiff during King Charles’ visit to Wales
Anti-monarchists to demonstrate in Cardiff during King Charles’ visit to Wales

An anti-monarchy protest is due to take place on Friday during King Charles III’s first visit to Wales since assuming the throne.

The silent protest will begin at 1 p.m. at Cardiff Castle, organizers said.

The castle is one of three places Charles will visit during his day-long visit to the capital, and where he will meet charities and religious leaders after having a private audience with Prime Minister Mark Drakeford.

His trip to Cardiff Castle comes after King Charles attended a service at Llandaff Cathedral around 11am on Friday.

Those attending the rally outside the castle must stand and hold signs with slogans such as “Why a monarchy?” and “Real Democracy Now”.

Campaigners say they want the Welsh public to consider whether a future without the monarchy is possible.

They have called on the Welsh government and Cardiff council to ask police to respect their democratic right to protest, following arrests and threats of action against people holding signs saying ‘Not my king’ in other cities.

Bethan Sayed, campaigner and former member of the Senedd for Plaid Cymru, said: “As soon as King Charles III decided to announce that Prince William would become Prince of Wales, so soon after the death of the Queen, many ‘between us felt compelled to respond.

“We need to discuss the future of Wales and what we want it to look like.

“People tell us now is not the time to discuss this issue, however, when the monarchy passes from the incumbent to a new king, that is exactly the time to discuss this issue.

“This is about fairness, equality and the Wales we want to shape for future generations.”

Ms Sayed added: ‘It’s always a difficult time and we totally appreciate it. We all have deceased family.

“So we have no intention of causing trouble, but we want our rights to be respected and to express a different point of view.

“Because it’s completely legitimate if we actually call ourselves a democracy.”

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A number of groups are joining the protest under the Real Democracy Now banner, including trade unions, Welsh independence organizations and Republicans.

However, Ms Sayed said anyone was welcome to join, including those who wanted to protest against imperialism.

Adam Johannes, a left-wing activist and recent organizer of the recent Cardiff cost of living protests, said: ‘Personally, my own mother died not too long ago, so I have all the empathy with a family in their personal grief.

“But when we have these parades, these huge public events, they are sort of political acts.

“And yet one side of the debate is being told ‘now is not the time’, while all sorts of things are rushed through like the announcement that Prince William will be the new Prince of Wales.

King Charles, then Prince of Wales, meets school children during a visit to the Trinity Saint David campus (PA)

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“So when there are these events, which almost feel like public relations events to us to ensure support for the monarchy, we feel it’s legitimate to make our voices heard as well.”

A Labor representative for an Independent Representative for Wales, said: ‘Soon 67% of Welsh will be living in fuel poverty while the Royal Family will inherit millions, tax free.

“Our democracy is weakened by their presence and so ultimately we are pushing for an independent, socialist Republic of Wales.”

Trade unionist Cerith Griffiths said: “A lot has changed since Queen Elizabeth was crowned over 70 years ago.

“Significantly, Wales now has its own Parliament and can pass legislation that makes a difference for those who live in Wales.

“In 2016 several aspects of trade union law were unenforced in Wales, but now the government in Westminster is reversing decisions made by an elected Welsh government.

“If we really value democracy then we need to have a debate about the role of the monarchy and whether allowing the government of another country to overrule democratic decisions made here in Wales is really fit for the 21st century.”

A petition calling for an end to the Prince of Wales title has garnered more than 25,000 signatures in less than a week.

Plaid Cymru independence party leader Adam Price said a debate on the matter should take place “in due course”.

The party believes that in an independent Wales, people should have the right to vote on whether or not to keep a member of the royal family as head of state.

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