UK Arrests Anti-Monarchists, Seizes Guillotine

Activists planned to mark royal wedding with mock execution
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2011 1:20 AM CDT
British police officers inspect scaffolding tubes during final security preparations ahead of the wedding.   (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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(Newser) – London police have arrested three people who were planning a very different kind of royal wedding celebration. The trio of anti-monarchy activists—one of whom was dressed as an executioner—had planned to mark today's ceremony with a mock execution of a royal, reports the Guardian. Police seized a working guillotine and other props.

The odd trio—who had advertised a "Zombie Wedding" party in central London—are being held "on suspicion of conspiracy to cause public nuisance and breach of the peace," said a police spokesman. A fellow activist says the event was going to be a peaceful one, and while the guillotine is a working model, it doesn't have a blade—just wood painted silver.

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