Horror after The Police Operation at The Vigil for Murdered Woman in London
The London police are heavily criticized for their involvement in an unapproved vigil for the kidnapped and killed Sarah Everard. The anger grows.
Hours later, ugly scenes broke out when police forcefully dragged women attending a vigil from the bandstand in Clapham Common Park in south London.
Scotland Yard is now heavily criticized. Ironically, on British Mother’s Day and the week of International Women’s Day, many women in Great Britain feel abandoned by the state and society.
The lifeless body of 33-year-old Everard, who had previously been reported missing, was only identified on Friday in a wooded area in Kent. This turned fears about their fate into a sad certainty. She was last seen on March 3rd near Clapham Common on her way home from a friend in the dark. A 48-year-old policeman is suspected of having kidnapped and murdered her.
The case sparked a nationwide outcry against harassment and violence against women. It’s not just about extreme cases like that of Sarah Everard, but about everyday attacks and the fear that is a constant companion for women.
Hundreds of people gathered at the bandstand on Saturday evening despite warnings of violations of the Corona rules. An official call for the vigil from the initiative “Reclaim these Streets” (for example: Reclaim these streets) had been withdrawn by the organizers after talks with the police about an implementation in compliance with the Corona measures failed. But many did not allow themselves to be deterred.
Videos of the police operation on Saturday evening showed how police officers forcibly led away several women. A woman was pushed to the ground. “The officers on site were faced with a very difficult decision,” justified a Scotland Yard spokeswoman for the operation later, which had resulted in four arrests. The people stood close together in the evening, and the risk of the coronavirus being transmitted was very high. There were no concerns during the day when many people – like Kate – laid flowers at the improvised memorial site.
“Reclaim these Streets” said women across the country were “deeply saddened and angry about the scenes of police overpowering women during a vigil against male violence.” They blamed the officers for the escalation. The vigil could have been carried out as planned with the help of stewards within the framework of the Corona rules. But the police blocked that, the message said.
On Twitter, many users also referred to an exuberant celebration of football fans a week ago in Glasgow, Scotland. Thousands of people celebrated the Scottish Championship victory by the Glasgow Rangers on the streets of the city. The police did not intervene at the time.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the scenes of the police operation “unacceptable”. The police have the responsibility to enforce the Corona measures, but the pictures make it clear that the officials’ reaction was “neither appropriate nor proportionate,” said the Labor politician.
Interior Minister Priti Patel described the recordings as partially disturbing. You have requested a “full report” from Scotland Yard on the events. On Monday of all days, however, a bill by the conservative politician should go into the second reading in parliament, which should give police officers more opportunities to limit protests.
The leader of the Liberal Democrats in the British Parliament, Ed Davey, called on the London police chief Cressida Dick to resign. The scenes of the police operation are a shame for the Metropolitan Police, Davey said on Twitter.
Cressida Dick has lost the confidence of the millions of women in London and should resign.
The scenes this evening of the policing of the Clapham Common vigil in memory of Sarah Everard are utterly disgraceful and shame the Metropolitan Police. pic.twitter.com/ObXOm41s7W
— Ed Davey MP 🔶🇪🇺 (@EdwardJDavey) March 13, 2021
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