Royal Wedding: Campaigners will protest the clearing of rough sleepers and beggars in Windsor.
Protesters are planning to dress as ‘cliched homeless people’. To protest at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.
Demonstrations were organised after Simon Dudley, the Tory council leader in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, told the police to clear the area of rough sleepers and beggars before the royal wedding on 19 May.
Dudley ordered the local police force, Thames Valley Police, to ‘deal with’ the ‘epidemic of rough sleeping and vagrancy’ in Windsor.
After a major backlash. Dudley told BBC Radio Berkshire that he ‘was not clear enough’, adding: ‘At no point have I said “move on the homeless”.
‘The key thing is to draw the distinction between homelessness – which is an abomination in a civilised society. And anti-social behaviour, which is a very bad and deteriorating situation in Windsor.’
However, several protest events have popped up on Facebook, urging people to line the royal wedding route.
‘A voice for those ignored’
One event, called ‘NO JACKET REQUIRED’, is urging protesters to turn up to the wedding dressed extremely casually. The protest, which has been organised by Rising Up. Already has around 1,200 people attending and 2,500 people ‘interested’.
‘This kind of social cleansing is becoming endemic in Britain’ the event says.
‘Perhaps we can become a voice for those ignored by Government’.
It added: ‘If Windsor Council goes ahead with this purge. Of those deemed unfit to attend the wedding of a family we will cordially invite you to attend the wedding… No Jacket Required, no dress code. Come as you are, dress up or maybe even dress down?
‘This is the 21st century and still those less fortunate than us are being “tidied away”. So as to not cause unease or bad press for a day meant to be for everyone. ‘Bugger that.’
Another, entitled ‘Demonstration against homelessness along the royal wedding route’, has had a lot of attention. More than 1,600 people say they’re ‘interested’, and another 277 say they’re going.