Conflict at London protest over lady’s killing

London, March 14

Police in London clashed with mourners and protesters on Saturday after more than a thousand people gathered to mark the killing of a 33-year-old woman, hours after the police officer charged with her murder appeared in court.

Sarah Everard’s disappearance as she walked home on the evening of March 3 had led to a wave of accounts from women about the dangers of walking streets alone at night, and dismay at the failure of police and wider society to tackle this.

Early on Saturday, an impromptu memorial with flowers and candles sprang up around the bandstand on Clapham Common in southwest London, near where Everard was last seen alive. Some chanted “shame on you” at police who were present.

Kate, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, was among those who paid their respects.

Earlier on Saturday, PM Boris Johnson said he and his partner Carrie Symonds would light a candle in memory of Everard. — Reuters

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