Thursday, 7 Dec 2023

Edinburgh Castle locked down as as protesters smash Stone of Destiny glass cage

Protestors stormed Edinburgh Castle and smashed the precious Stone of Destiny earlier this morning – resulting in the popular UK landmark being put on lockdown.

A small group of cost of living protestors from This Is Rigged have been arrested after the protest.

They are demanding Government action to tackle the cost of living crisis, Metro reports.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Around 10.45am we were called to a report of a small protest within Edinburgh Castle.

“Officers attended and two women aged 20 and 24 years, and a 20-year-old man were arrested in connection with damage caused. Enquiries are ongoing.”

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The Stone of Destiny is an ancient symbol of the Scottish monarchy and has been used for centuries to inaugurate kings.

The stone was stolen by Edward I’s forces in 1296 and was subsequently used for the coronation of English monarchs.

This isn’t the first time that the historic stone has been at the centre of social justice movements. The Suffragettes broke the stone into two pieces during the group’s 1914 bombing campaign, however it wasn’t discovered until 1950 when four Scottish nationalist students attempted to reclaim the stone for Scotland.

The attempt was successful and the students managed to return it to Arbroath Abbey. However the Metropolitan Police then returned it to Westminster.

However, in 1996, it was announced that the stone would return to Scotland for the first time in 700 years.

The Crown Room at Edinburgh Castle now hosts the stone, which only returns to England for coronations.

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