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Sarah Everard case has unleashed ‘tidal wave’ among women, campaigner says


The murder of Sarah Everard has unleashed a “tidal wave” of women no longer willing to accept male violence, one of the organisers of a campaign in her honour has said.

Jamie Klingler, who helped create the viral Reclaim These Streets campaign, said it had been “hard to watch from afar” as the peaceful vigil they had planned in Clapham Common ended in clashes between attendees and officers.

Organisers had been forced to cancel the event after the Metropolitan Police insisted it would be in breach of coronavirus restrictions, a move that Ms Klingler argues only escalated the violence when people turned up anyway.

“I think we were shocked and really, really sad and to see videos of policemen handling women at a vigil about violence against women by men. I think it was painful and pretty triggering to see,” she told the PA news agency the morning after.

Jamie Klingler

“The fact that nobody stepped in and said: ‘Do you see how this looks?’ The fact that Thursday and Friday they wasted our organising time by dragging us to the High Court for our human rights to protest and we were going to have a silent vigil.

“Especially today, it’s Mother’s Day. It’s the week of International Women’s Day. And instead of allowing and facilitating it like the Lambeth police wanted to – and that police force was so supportive – Scotland Yard quashed us and in doing so silenced us and got the reaction they got last night.”

The campaigner also criticised the Met’s defence of its actions, after Assistant Commissioner Helen Ball said officers were put in a position “where enforcement action was necessary”.

Ms Klingler said the event would have been carried out safely had the original Reclaim The Streets vigil been allowed to go ahead, adding that the only reason people had crowded close together was because they could not hear the speakers.

“We had a PA system, we had one steward for every 30 people that was going to attend, we’ve had all of those things in place, so that there would not have been any crowding, so that there would not have been any issues.”

Having cancelled the event and others around the country, Reclaim These Streets instead urged people to honour Ms Everard’s memory at home through candlelit vigils which were observed by politicians, celebrities and the public alike.

Sarah Everard death / PA Wire


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