Cardiff: Anti-monarchists plan protest against King Charles III

Protesters are expected to hold a silent protest (Image: Reuters/Getty Images)

A protest against the monarchy has been planned to coincide with Charles III’s first visit to Wales as king.

The new monarch has been busy touring various parts of the UK since the Queen’s death last week.

The demonstration, which will be silent, will take place outside Cardiff Castle at 1pm.

Those standing at the protest will hold signs saying ‘Why a monarchy?’ and “Real Democracy Now”.

There are questions about whether the protesters will be arrested after a woman was detained in Edinburgh for holding an anti-monarchy sign.

Following this arrest, protesters have called on the Welsh Government and Cardiff Council to ask South Wales Police to respect their democratic right to protest.

During the King’s visit to the Welsh capital, the castle is one of three places he will visit.

He will also have an audience with Wales’ First Minister Mark Drakeford.

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 11: The 3rd Battalion of the Royal Welsh at Cardiff Castle during the Welsh Proclamation of King Charles III on September 11, 2022 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.  King Charles III ascended the throne of Great Britain following the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022. (Photo: Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Proclamations across the country, including in Wales, have been held (Image: Getty Images)

People protest ahead of the accession ceremony at Cardiff Castle, Wales, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarch.  Photo date: Sunday 11 September 2022. PA Photo.  See PA story DEATH Queen.  Image credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Protesters holding up signs have previously been arrested (Image: PA)

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

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

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

“It’s about fairness, equality and the Wales we want to shape for future generations.

– It is still a difficult time, and we greatly appreciate that. We all have family that has passed away.

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

‘Because it is perfectly legitimate if we actually call ourselves a democracy.’

A range of different groups will join the protest under the banner of Real Democracy Now – including trade unions, Welsh independence organizations and republicans.

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

The leader of the pro-independence Plaid Cymru party, Adam Price, has said a debate on the subject should be held “in due course”.

The party believes an independent Wales should have the right to vote on whether to keep a member of the royal family as head of state.

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