Dozens of vigils for Londoner Sarah Everard have been organised nationwide under the banner “Reclaim These Streets” after 33-year-old marketing executive disappeared while walking home in south London on March 3.
Police confirmed remains found in Kent on March 9 had been identified as Ms Everard on Friday afternoon, and are still questioning a serving police officer arrested in connection with her murder.
Reclaim These Streets, a grassroots organisation set up by a group of women from London to “channel the collective grief, outrage and sadness” following Everard’s disappearance, had planned a socially distanced vigil on Clapham Common this Saturday (March 13) but had to cancel after Met Police warned the event could be unlawful.
More than 4,000 people said they will attend the gathering, which organisers told The Big Issue was being made Covid-secure, but police have warned organisers and attendees risk fines for breaching pandemic restrictions.
Labour MP Helen Hayes shared a statement from the Women’s Parliamentary Labour Party on Twitter on Friday, which stated the group supports the protests on the principle that it is a human right.
The statement says: “We believe that the Reclaim These Streets vigils in memory of Sarah Everard and in support of the right of every woman and girl to walk our streets without fear of violence are consistent with Covid-19 regulations which recognise that the right to protest is a human right.