An anti-monarchy royal wedding party, staged by republicans in Camden, has been banned by the north London council.
The anti-monarchy pressure group Republic has accused Camden council of discrimination after having its application for a street party turned down. The group has vowed to take legal action.
According to the council, the group’s Not The Royal Wedding Street Party application was blocked after local residents voiced concerns over the party’s potential for trouble.
However, anti-monarchy campaigners Republic called the ban “politically motivated” and said it would fight to have the party approved.
“This is a disgraceful attack on the rights of republicans to make their voice heard and to hold a fun and peaceful event,” a spokesperson said.
“Camden Council is allowing a few vocal residents and businesses to veto any event in central London they do not support.
“(It) is seeking to silence and marginalise us without any legitimate reason.”
Republic had been hoping to stage their anti-royal wedding party in Earlham Street in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden. The event had been billed as “peaceful, fun, family event with food, music and stalls.”
“We’ve taken a ‘traditional’ royalist street party as our inspiration, but there will be one key difference – we’ll be celebrating democracy and people-power rather than inherited privilege,” Republic said of Not The Royal Wedding Street Party on its website.
A Camden Council spokesman said: “While we know Republic to be a responsible organisation, we are unaware of any local connection with between them and the location they have chosen.
“During discussions with the community, significant concerns were raised around the potential for disorder and the impact of the event taking place. Many local businesses were opposed to the event taking place as it would directly contradict the royal wedding theme in terms of their merchandise.”
Find out more about Not The Royal Wedding Street Party here: republic.org.uk
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