Charles III’s proclamation marked by protests in Ireland and Scotland

Charles III's proclamation marked by protests in Ireland and Scotland
ENDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: An anti-royalist protester in the crowd during an Accession Proclamation Ceremony at Mercat Cross, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarch on September 11, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  King Charles III ascended the throne of the United Kingdom on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022. (Photo by Wattie Cheung - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
WPA Pool/Getty Images ENDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 11: An anti-royalist protester in the crowd during an Accession Proclamation Ceremony at Mercat Cross, publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarch on September 11, 2022 in Edinburgh, Scotland. King Charles III ascended the throne of the United Kingdom on the death of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, 2022. (Photo by Wattie Cheung – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

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An anti-royalist protester in the crowd during a ceremony publicly proclaiming King Charles III as the new monarch, in Edinburgh, Scotland, September 11, 2022.

UNITED KINGDOM – After being proclaimed king on Saturday in London, King Charles III was again this Sunday, September 11 in the three other constituent countries of the United Kingdom, during ceremonies with an immutable ritual, at Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. Twenty-one cannon shots were thus fired in the three towns.

Ceremonies that have experienced slight hitches, especially in Scotland. As franceinfo reportsat the end of the ceremony, Scottish Republicans notably booed during the salutes to the king before shouting a few slogans at the end of the national anthem. “Abolish the monarchy! » Where “ Republic now! » had also been heard shortly before, while a 22-year-old woman was arrested in front of Saint-Gilles Cathedral, while she was holding a sign on which one could read “Fuck imperialism. Abolish the Monarchy ».

Elsewhere, in Northern Ireland, the Irish Republican Party Sinn Fein stayed away from the ceremony in Belfast during which Charles was proclaimed king, its leader judging that she was “intended for those whose political allegiance is to the Crown”.

Sinn Fein, which favors a reunification of Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland, did not attend but party officials will attend other events as part of the mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, said party president Mary Lou McDonald, quoted by the PA agency.

“We recognize the very positive role the Queen has played in advancing peace”

On Monday, Party Vice-Chair Michelle O’Neill is expected to take part in another ceremony at the Assembly to mark the Queen’s passing.

“Sinn Fein offers (…) its condolences on the passing of Queen Elizabeth, whose loss is deeply felt by her family and by many in our society, particularly within the Unionist community”said Mary Lou McDonald.

“We recognize the very positive role the Queen has played in advancing peace and reconciliation between our two islands, and the two traditions of our island, during the years of the peace process.”she added.

The 70 years of reign of Elizabeth II, died Thursday at age 96were marked by three decades of “Troubles” in the British province between republicans, especially catholics, wishing a reunification with Ireland, and unionists in majority Protestants, attached to the maintenance within the crown. This conflict, with the participation of the British army, claimed some 3,500 lives until the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Sinn Fein, a former political branch of the paramilitary IRA, came out on top in the elections in Northern Ireland in early May, under which Michelle O’Neill must become Prime Minister of local government, shared with the Unionists. The latter, however, refuse to form an executive because of the post-Brexit controls specific to the province.

In 2011, the Queen became the first British monarch to visit Ireland, a historic visit interpreted as a major gesture towards reconciliation.

The IRA killed Louis Mountbatten, the Queen’s cousin and mentor to future King Charles III, in a bomb attack in 1979 and Sinn Fein apologized last year for the killing.

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