A group of 20 protesters entered Edinburgh Castle in Scotland on Aug. 17 evening and claimed to have “seized” the historical site under the Magna Carta.
The protesters, who identified themselves as “peaceful, sovereign” people, entered the grounds of the castle without paying for tickets and claimed in a Facebook Live video that they were “seizing” the landmark “lawfully and peacefully” because it “belongs to the people.”
In the 13-minute video, a woman said that they were seizing the castle under article 61 of Magna Carta, which she described as “the only law in the land.”
The Magna Carta, signed by King John in 1215, predates the Act of Union and has never applied to Scotland.
The “building belongs to us, we have taken the castle back” to “restore the rule of law,” the woman said in the video.
The woman also said that the Scottish people have been “lied to all our lives” and called for “no more enslavement.”
A man then said in the video, “Treason’s been going on for that long now. We can’t sit back and let everybody perish under the stupid legislation and fraudulent government tyranny, so let’s just take it all back, not just the castle.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson said that officers were already dealing with the protesters.
A spokesperson for the Historic Environment Scotland told Edinburgh Evening News that no visitors were on site during the demonstrations.
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