Royal wedding protest compensation welcomed as republicans plan jubilee demonstrations23rd Sep 2011
Campaign group Republic has today welcomed the decision of the Metropolitan police to award Adam Moniz comepensation for being wrongly arrested on the day of the royal wedding.
Mr Moniz had been on his way to Republic's "Not the royal wedding" street party when he was taken into custody for simply carrying a republican placard.
Republic's Executive Officer Graham Smith said today:
"Having put Adam in touch with ChristianKhan solicitors we are delighted with the outcome. We were utterly appalled that our supporters can be treated in this way."
"We have since met with the police to discuss the issue of republicans' rights to protest around royal events in general and our plans for the jubilee specifically."
"We welcome the Met's decision to acknowledge this was an inappropriate arrest and we will be calling on the police to ensure that Republic can stage a series of protests around the 2012 jubilee events."
"It is absolutely vital that republicans be allowed to protest freely and openly against the monarchy - the royal family are not due special protection from legitimate protest."
"We have received reassurances from the police that our right to protest at the jubilee Thames pageant will be facilitated. We trust that when we confirm the details of our planned protests those assurances hold true."