Reacting to the funeral: – Grotesque

The ceremonies from the day Queen Elizabeth died, until she was buried on Monday, have cost the UK large sums of money.

The price of the state funeral has not been made public, but according to several media, it is a price of over NOK 70 million. In addition, there is the cost of shops and workplaces being closed on the day of the funeral.

At the same time, increased electricity and food prices and rising interest rates have meant that more Britons are struggling to pay their bills.

– When you compare it to the cost of the queen’s funeral, it illustrates the entire criticism of the monarchy as an institution. How grotesque this whole system is, with some people enjoying the community’s funds while others sit and freeze, says Rødt politician Sofia Rana to TV 2.

REACTS: Sofia Rana believes the Queen’s funeral shows how grotesque the monarchy is. Photo: Red

– I think it’s nauseating

Rana says she is not against the queen getting a state funeral, but says she understands that people can react to the opulence.

– It is probably pointless to demand that it be low-key, but I personally think that it should. I am not a fan of the cult of personality that is going on and that royals are worshipped. It is quite ugly when so many people are struggling, she says.

Rana says she understands that people relate to Queen Elizabeth as a monarch, and that a dignified funeral can be seen as nice and unifying.

– But I find it sickening that someone sits up there and lives on society’s funds and has no socially useful function. Of course, some will disagree with that, but it does not belong in a modern society that people starve and freeze, while others enjoy benefits without contributing, she says.

FUNERAL: The Queen's funeral ceremony was held with 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey.  Photo: Reuters / NTB

FUNERAL: The Queen’s funeral ceremony was held with 2,000 guests at Westminster Abbey. Photo: Reuters / NTB

– Sense of nationality

Leader of Unge Venstre, Ane Breivik, is also against the monarchy as an institution, but does not react strongly to the use of resources at the funeral.

– I understand very well that some people react to the use of resources, and that is completely legitimate, but now Britain has used quite a lot of unreasonable resources on, for example, Brexit in the past, says Breivik to TV 2.

She points out that the queen sat on the throne for over 70 years, and that her death is thus a big change.

– In addition, many people associate a sense of nationality and sentimentality with her as a figure. Then it is perfectly legitimate for them to grieve over it.

AGAINST MONARCHY: - All deaths are tragedies, especially for those affected.  But then you can ask the question when the grief has subsided, about what is the right step forward as a society, says Ane Breivik.  Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten

AGAINST MONARCHY: – All deaths are tragedies, especially for those affected. But then you can ask the question when the grief has subsided, about what is the right step forward as a society, says Ane Breivik. Photo: Ole Berg-Rusten

Arrested for protests

After the Queen’s death, large crowds have gathered in the streets to say a final farewell and to honor her.

Along with these, people demonstrating against the monarchy have also turned up.

In several cases, the police have broken in, and they have also arrested demonstrators. Several believe that the police’s handling of the demonstrations has been disproportionately forceful.

PROTESTS: Several anti-monarchists have used the attention surrounding the royal family to protest.  Photo: Carlos Barria / Reuters / NTB

PROTESTS: Several anti-monarchists have used the attention surrounding the royal family to protest. Photo: Carlos Barria / Reuters / NTB

Among other things, the human rights organization Liberty has criticized the police for being too heavy-handed, according to CNN. The police have given the channel the following answer:

“People have a right to free speech, and we have to balance the rights of protesters with the rights of others who want to mourn and respect.”

Shouted his protest

One of the protesters who believes he was treated too harshly is Symon Hill (45) from Oxford. He tells CNN that he was on his way home from church on the Sunday after the queen’s death.

Many had gathered as officials were to officially announce King Charles as the new monarch, and Hill decided to stand and listen.

– They started reading about Elizabeth II and expressing grief over her death. I certainly wouldn’t cancel it. I have never interrupted an act of mourning, says Hill.

Then King Charles was officially announced as Britain’s new king. Then Hill says that he shouted: “Who chose him?”.

– Then the police intervened, grabbed me, handcuffed me and put me in the back of a police car, says Hill.

PROTEST: Several people showed their protest by hanging posters against the monarchy.  Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / NTB

PROTEST: Several people showed their protest by hanging posters against the monarchy. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP / NTB

– History is now being written

Sofia Rana has caught up with the demonstrations. She believes the arrests give associations to times when you could not protest legally.

– Protesting during the funeral can be debated as to whether it is cool. Personally, I don’t think so, but if one or two do it, it doesn’t pose a security problem, says Rana.

She herself received criticism for criticizing the British royal house on the same day that the queen died.

– But then the argument against it is that it is now history is written and discussed. In three weeks, no one will care, she says.

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