Organisers of the Reclaim These Streets vigil on Clapham Common this Saturday have told The Big Issue they are continuing with preparations for the event despite police warnings it could be unlawful under Covid-19 legislation.
More than 4,000 people have said they will attend a gathering close to the spot in London where Sarah Everard went missing on March 3. Police arrested a serving police officer in connection with her murder on March 9 and found “human remains” in woodland in Kent on March 10.
The 33-year-old’s disappearance has led to an outpouring of grief and anger online, with thousands of women highlighting the issue of women’s safety and male violence on social media.
But the Metropolitan Police has been accused of attempting to “silence” women who want to honour Sarah’s memory by refusing to let Saturday’s vigil go ahead.
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Jamie Klingler, a publisher who is organising the event, told The Big Issue that Reclaim These Streets is working with human rights lawyers and hoped the High Court would hear the case on Friday.