The arrests of anti-monarchy protesters after the death of Queen Elizabeth II are “deeply concerning”, say free-speech campaigners.
Police in Scotland have arrested two people in recent days, while a man was arrested and de-arrested in Oxford.
The arrests came at events to mark the Queen’s death and proclaim King Charles III Britain’s new monarch.
Ruth Smeeth, chief executive of Index on Censorship, says: “We must guard against this event being used, by accident or design, to erode in any way the freedom of expression that citizens of this country enjoy.”
The Met Police says people “have a right to protest”. A statement from Deputy Assistant Commissioner Stuart Cundy reads: “We have been making this clear to all officers involved in the extraordinary policing operation currently in place.”