Anti-monarchy billboards appear in Scottish cities and people are loving it
The anti-monarchy posters appeared alongside the hashtag #AbolishTheMonarchy
Anti-monarchy billboards have appeared across Scotland as part of a nation-wide protest ahead of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Posters have cropped up in places such as Dundee and Glasgow which read: "Make Elizabeth the Last."
Beneath this is the hashtag #AbolishTheMonarchy.
The campaign has been run by the group Republic, with more than £43,000 raised for the campaign by a Crowdfunder page.
Posters have previously appeared in Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Bristol and Birmingham as well.
— Republic (@RepublicStaff) May 29, 2022
On its fundraiser page, the group wrote: “As we approach the end of the Queen’s reign the country needs an honest, grown-up debate about the monarchy.
“We need to stop and ask ourselves: Can't we just choose our next head of state?
“With polls showing young people wanting an elected head of state, the succession of King Charles will be a major turning point in the monarchy's history and in the growth of Britain's republican movement.
“It's time to make Elizabeth the Last.”
— Republic (@RepublicStaff) June 1, 2022
Unsurprisingly, the reaction to the campaign has been mixed. Royalists were predictably unhappy, but anti-monarchists couldn't get enough.
One user commented: "Great billboard Republicans. Keep fighting the good fight."
Great billboard Republicans.
Keep fighting the good fight.
— Revolting-Subject (@UnRoyalReporter) May 13, 2022
Another said: “I’ve donated enough to that bunch of scroungers. We can’t afford them!”
And a third labelled the Glasgow poster as "fantastic."
— Colin Luker🏴🇵🇹🇪🇺 (@LukerColin) June 1, 2022
A spokesperson for Republic told the National: “As we approach the end of the Queen's reign the country needs to start talking about moving on and getting rid of the monarchy.
“The Queen is the monarchy for most people, she's the one who sustains support for the institution. The idea that we should all sit back and accept Charles as our head of state is going to be questioned by a lot of people.
“The monarchy is wrong in principle, wrong in practice and it's bad for British politics. Without the Queen protecting the royals, with more controversial and divisive men in charge of the monarchy change will be much easier to achieve.
“These billboards are part of a wider move to generate a bigger, louder public debate about the future of the monarchy."
The Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations get underway on Thursday, kicking off a four-day bank holiday weekend.
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