Members of feminist action group Sisters Uncut triggered 1,000 rape alarms at Charing Cross police station during a protest against the ongoing misogyny within the Met.
The protest on Saturday marked the first anniversary of the vigil for Sarah Everard, who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by serving Met officer Wayne Couzens. Police were slammed for their heavy-handed tactics at the vigil having already tried – unlawfully – to cancel the event because it breached lockdown restrictions.
More than 200 people gathered for last weekend’s protest, which began outside New Scotland Yard before moving to Charing Cross.
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Cassie Robinson, who also attended last year’s vigil, said: “The police’s behaviour was disgraceful…I participated in today’s protest because I am withdrawing my consent for violent men to have any authority in this society.”
One of those arrested last year was feminist activist Patsy Stevenson, who made an appearance at the protest on Saturday. In a speech, Stevenson said, “This is something that needs to change, everyone needs to know what’s going on, this should be front page news everyday…These people are not being vetted properly.”
Activist groups have questioned how the police can assure their safety. Olga Smith, a member of Sisters Uncut, said: “When we found out about Sarah’s disappearance at the hands of a serving cop, we asked the police, how will you keep us safe? And the police said: Stay home. Stay hidden. Carry a rape alarm.”
In a somewhat poetic response to this suggestion, 1,000 rape alarms were triggered and thrown onto the roof of Charing Cross station. The deafening sounds of the high frequency alarms caused police officers to hand out ear plugs to one another. One officer jovially put a pen in his ear for a humorous photo opportunity with a colleague.