UK republicans fail to dampen royal jubilee fever

By REUTERS
June 4, 2012 01:40

 
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LONDON - Crowds celebrating Queen Elizabeth's 60th year on the throne jeered and sang the national anthem on Sunday to drown out a noisy protest by republicans calling for Britons to end centuries of history and overthrow the monarchy.

Waving banners demanding "Votes not Boats" and "Make Monarchy History", more than 100 demonstrators braved driving rain and chill winds in the shadow of Tower Bridge to demand an elected head of state for Britain.

Organizers said their membership had "rocketed" since last year's marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton and during the build-up to the queen's pageant on the River Thames.

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