Britain: Queen fails to shake republican protesters

June 5, 2012
Republicans protest during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Pro-democracy campaigners Republic continued their campaign against the monarchy with a protest outside St Paul's Cathedral on June 5.

The Queen and her royal sidekicks were attending a service at the cathedral, which was the long-term site for the Occupy Movement camp in London.

Members of Republic, unintimidated by taunts of God Save the Queen, held up placards saying: "9,500 nurses or one Queen?" and "Republic Now!"

Republic chief executive Graham Smith said: "The jubilee has been a great time for republicans. Our supporter base has surged and our profile has increased significantly.

"Now we're going to build on all that new support by stepping up our campaign to get rid of the monarchy by 2025."

"We're seeing a new generation of republicans emerge, one which is willing to challenge the monarchy on its own doorstep, right at the heart of royal events."

Republic said that 1200 people joined its river pagaent protest on June 3.

[Reprinted from the Morning Star.]

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