Police have arrested several protestors, drawing criticisms from people about freedom of speech.
Now it seems it's gone even further, with one man being hassled by police for having a single blank piece of paper.
"Just went to Parliament Square & held up a blank piece of paper. Officer came & asked for my details. He confirmed that if I wrote 'Not My King' on it, he would arrest me under the Public Order Act because someone might be offended," Paul Powlesland tweeted.
Powlesland attached a video of the encounter where the Met officer warned him writing "Not my King" may offend people.
"A period of quiet mourning for the Queen is fine, but using that period to cement Charles Accession as King & cracking down on any dissent to the accession as disrespectful is outrageous," Powlesland added.
Other people felt similarly, saying Powlesland and others had not violated any rules and should be allowed to express their opinion on the matter.
\u201cPaul Powlesland is a UK barrister, and for the Met Police to threaten to arrest him, under any circumstance, for a protest sign, let alone one that is not even written yet, is an outrageous overreach of the new police laws. #NotMyPolice\u201d
According to the Public Order Act of 1936, "Any person who in any public place or at any public meeting uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to provoke a breach of the peace or whereby a breach of the peace is likely to be occasioned, shall be guilty of an offence."
\u201c@paulpowlesland @GoGoGoings "Who is that going to offend?"\n\n"Don't know, someone maybe"\n\nSupreme logic from our astute defenders of law and order. Heaven forbid a hypothetical person be offended by seeing an opinion they disagree with.\u201d
\u201cTHE END OF LIBERTY\n\nA woman arrested for holding a \u2018Not my king\u2019 sign\n\nWhat next, arrest anti-monarchists on Twitter or authors of anti-Royalist books?\n\nWill the police arrest The Sex Pistols, The Stone Roses, The Smith & Morrissey too?\n\nThink about it?\n\u201d
— Ramesh Patel - They Would Rather You Ignore This (@Ramesh Patel - They Would Rather You Ignore This)
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said they are aware of the video.
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy said, "the public absolutely have a right to protest and we have been making this clear to all officers involved in the extraordinary policing operation currently in place and we will continue to do so."
"However, the overwhelming majority of interactions between officers and the public at this time have been positive as people have come to the Capital to mourn the loss of Her Late Majesty the Queen," Cundy added.
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