The two protesters, who were wearing T-shirts that read “Free Assange,” were arrested after causing a disturbance in the mall near the anniversary concert
Protesters threatened to derail the Queen’s platinum jubilee celebrations on Saturday after causing a disruption at the mall.
The two protesters, both wearing “Free Assange” t-shirts, were bundled to the ground and arrested just before the start of the platinum party at the palace event.
Eight Met police officers were spotted surrounding one of the men as he lay handcuffed on the ground.
Another man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask was arrested by police in the same area.
This was not the first protest during the anniversary celebrations.
On Thursday, during the Trooping the Color event, a group of Animal Rebellion protesters broke through security fences and lay in front of the approaching marching band.
A man is arrested in The Mall during London’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.)
A Met Police spokesman said of the incident on Thursday: “A number of people have been arrested attempting to enter the ceremonial route at The Mall around 10.10am today.
“The arrests were related to public order over road obstruction.
“Thank you to the crowd who showed their support by clapping our officers who have returned to their posts after the incident was dealt with quickly.”
A witness tweeted from the scene that “a few protesters lay down in front of the band going up the mall, the police dragged them away”.
A spokesman for Animal Rebellion said they stormed the ceremony to demand that “the royal lands be reclaimed as part of a broader wildlife restoration and carbon reduction program”.
“The Crown owns around 6.6 billion acres of land around the world, which is about one-sixth of the land on the entire planet,” they said.
“Animal Rebels are spotlighting the Crown’s continued inaction on the climate crisis, just months after they turned the fountains of Buckingham Palace blood red in August last year.
“The Crown is doing nothing while millions here in the UK are already suffering from rising global temperatures, unnatural disasters and the cost of living crisis.
“As the largest landowner in the UK, the Crown must support the rapid and immediate transition from farmland to rewilding and we will not stop taking action until they do.”
Following Saturday night’s star-studded Platinum Party at The Palace event, millions will take to the streets on Sunday for street parties and luncheons in honor of the Queen’s 70th jubilee.
The big Platinum Jubilee Pageant is also taking place on Sunday – an event estimated to cost £15million.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/protesters-wrestled-ground-police-moments-27149716 Just before Queen's Platinum concert, protesters were wrestled to the ground by police