King Charles was met by anti-monarchy protesters yesterday during a brief visit to Milton Keynes.
Protesters, including Graham Smith from Republic, were outside the Church of Christ the Cornerstone when Charles arrived.
Graham Smith asked Charles a number of questions, including "why don't you answer your critics?" as the king walked past.
Speaking for Republic, Graham Smith said today:
"Republic is concerned about recent police harassment of peaceful protesters at royal events. We're determined to get the message across that it's ok to protest against the royals."
"Instead of a pointless coronation we need a serious public debate."
"We believe the British public should be asked, do you want Charles or a choice? The tide is starting to turn against the monarchy and we need a serious debate about its future."
"Recent polls have shown support among people under 45 has dropped below 50%. There is a clear need for a full, informed public debate."
"Republic will be protesting at the coronation, driving home the message that this is not a national celebration, but promotion of the monarchy at huge cost to the taxpayer."
"The time for change is here."
A Savanta poll showing fewer than 50% of under 45s support the monarchy is here: https://savanta.com/knowledge-centre/published-polls/royals-poll-sunday-express-7-january-2023/
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