Anti-Royal Wedding Protest on Royal Mile

Things to Do — By Christina Maria Paschyn on April 28, 2011 at 8:00 am

Sick of all the news coverage surrounding tomorrow’s royal wedding? Whether you’re an anti-monarchist at heart or just fed up with all things Wills and Kate, you may want to attend the anti-royal wedding protest on the Royal Mile.

Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton

It will be held tomorrow, April 29 (the same day as the royal wedding) from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The protest was organized only a few days ago via a Facebook event listing titled, Turn the Royal Mile into the Republican Mile.  A press release issued this past weekend and signed by El Pueblo Unido (The People United) says:

“At this time of unrelenting, sycophantic fawning over the Royal Family, we believe that the millions of republicans in Britain should be allowed the opportunity to voice their legitimate opposition to an institution that holds no relevance to the lives of ordinary working people.

The inequality of this society has been thrown into sharp relief by the wave of cuts, and the privatisation and decimation of essential services. The Royal Wedding, and the associated displays of wealth and privilege, demonstrate a nauseating insensitivity to the hardship faced by the overwhelming majority of people in Britain.”

Feeling the Republican sentiment?

The anonymous organizers of the protest are requesting that attendees: “Bring loudhailers, sound systems, royal and political effigies; anything to make enough noise to be heard in the centres of power, whether in London or Edinburgh. If anyone knows how to perform a rain dance, please teach us, and we can endevavour to send some dark clouds to Buckingham Palace. Most importantly, bring a spirit of rebellion!”

If you were hoping to celebrate the so-called wedding of the century instead, here’s a list of pro-royal wedding events happening throughout the city.

[Engagement picture courtesy of Official Royal Wedding Website; British flags courtesy of Republic]

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