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Campaigners announce ‘Not My King’ protest in Cardiff on coronation day

29 Apr 2023 3 minute read
A protest as King Charles III and the Queen Consort arrived at Cardiff Castle. Picture by Jacob King / PA Wire

A group campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy has organised a ‘Not My King’ protest on the day of the coronation in Cardiff next weekend.

Cymru Republic was the group which organised the demonstration outside Cardiff Castle last September when King Charles visited the Welsh capital.

An estimated 500 people joined the protest attracting international media attention.

Former Senedd Member Bethan Sayed from Cymru Republic said:”We want a Wales free from the Monarchy, where people are equal and are not the ‘subjects’ of an outdated institution. We want to create a modern Wales, which recognises the diverse communities of our Nation.

“In that, we recognise how the Monarchy has played such a negative role on a World stage through its history of colonisation- riding roughshod over continents such as Asia and Africa. And still no apology or recognition of their responsibility follows.

“A family without accountability or ability to scrutinise is not what we deem to be democratic, and we want to see a different path for our Nation.

“Campaigns for a Republic are growing in former colonies such as Australia. In the Caribbean, countries such as Belize, the Bahamas, Jamaica and others plan to remove the King as their Head of State. The tide is turning Internationally, and Wales needs to have a National conversation about this issue too.”

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Anthony Slaughter, Leader of the Green Party in Wales added: “In the middle of a cost of living crisis, with millions of people facing challenging decisions on a daily basis, it cannot be right for the UK Government to be spending tens of millions of pounds on an archaic ceremony of pageantry that should have no place in the 21st century.

“It is time for the people of Wales and the other nations of the UK to have a grown up discussion about our constitutional future and how we are governed. The Wales Green Party believes that independence would give Wales the opportunity to create a new modern and inclusive democracy where all voices are equal.’

Adam Johannes from Cardiff People’s Assembly said: “This week The Guardian revealed a historical document that showed a direct ancestor of Charles III bought 200 enslaved Africans. The reason we have a monarchy is because we were once all serfs with no human rights.

“Over the centuries the common people rose up repeatedly to get this family off our backs, but they managed to cling on to a role. Instead of celebrating an institution that is a symbol of inequality and grovelling before the rich and powerful we call upon the people of Wales to march for a republic where everyone has the right to adequate food, housing and income.”

Campaigners will assemble for the protest at the Aneurin Bevan statue in Cardiff at 12.30pm on Saturday, May 6 and will then march along Queen Street before heading to Bute Park’s stone circle for a “big republican lunch”.


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Frank
Frank
9 months ago

The only ones behind all this royal bull💩 are the very well-heeled scrapers who dream of a knighthood or any kind of title or award they can get their hands on. It seems this minority royalist bunch will get the rest of us to pay out £100,000,000 without asking for our permission. How can this minority do and get away with this? We are being fed propoganda saying that the public are really behind this farce when in reality it is not true. They will be announcing that millions or even billions of people around the world tuned in to… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Frank
Arthur Owen
Arthur Owen
9 months ago

Actually Iago Wales is probably still pro monarchy certainly more than it is pro-republic.

Riki
Riki
9 months ago

Wrong wording – it should read…not “OUR” King! He is head of an institution that started out as Anglo, and their kings and Queens oversaw the eradication of the native British monarchs over centuries and who they egregiously now call “Welsh”. Clearly done so it opens up the term British to be used by them. Let’s call it what it is, it’s National Fraud carried out by an entire Monarchy. This is the argument we should be using to Free us of them.

Frank
Frank
9 months ago

It’s crazy how the minority can rule the majority. We must be really simple!

Barry Taylor
Barry Taylor
9 months ago

We don’t need our own monarchy. Monarchy is anachronistic and legitimises inequality. We don’t need any monarch.

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
9 months ago

I’ll be going to this!
Support it with every fibre of my body, every drop of blood! #NotMyKing

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
9 months ago

Does anybody know please: are there any protests in North Wales? I would like to go to one, but it’s too expensive to get to Cardiff.

David Charles pearn
David Charles pearn
9 months ago

Not my king, and not my new Prince either.

notimejeff
notimejeff
9 months ago

For the record, ‘Not My King’ is the slogan being used by the Republic campaign but this is not a Republic event. I’ll be there as I can’t get to London that day.

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