In 2000, the latest of Britain’s (sadly, somewhat occasional) flirtations with republicanism found a brief expression in the Movement Against the Monarchy. Emerging from the UK anarchist scene, that it came very much in the Class war tradition was clear, from its penchant for hype and self-promotion, and er, somewhat patchy translation to reality. The group’s activities included a Hurry Up and Die sticker campaign against the then Queen Mother.
In June 2000 the group called for a mass mooning, targeting the queen at her Buck House pad. Although they had called for 2000 bare bums to salute her maj, only a handful in fact turned up on June 3rd, of which even fewer were prepared to try to outshine the age-old lustre and glory of god’s anointed ruler.
Shortly after pulling down their trousers, three protestors were arrested. The Queen, however, was not at home to witness the disloyal demo. Movement Against the Monarchy spokeswoman Laura Norda, said: “It is a protest to highlight the absurdity of the monarchy. The monarchy is the most expensive soap opera in history. We hope to galvanise support from people who are against the monarchy and the British class system.”
The area in front of Buckingham Palace including the Queen Victoria Memorial was cordoned off by police who maintained a heavy presence.
The protesters were greeted with a round of applause as they bared their bottoms in front of puzzled tourists.
More on anti-monarchism (and police response) in tomorrow’s post…
An entry in the 2016 London Rebel History Calendar – check it out online