British police arrested 55 people in London on Friday for a range of mostly minor offences as the force mounted one of the biggest security operations ever seen in the capital around the royal wedding.
Police arrested 10 people at Charing Cross railway station after they were found to be carrying anti-royalist placards.
A lawyer representing some of those held said that police had abused their power by using security concerns as a pretext to block protests that could embarrass the royal family.
“They are just not playing by the legal rules. The policing is more to do with protecting the pageantry of this occasion … and that is not their role,” said Mike Schwarz, a criminal lawyer at law firm Bindmans.
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