VIDEO: Protesters disrupt Suffragette premiere
The London premiere of Suffragette starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep was disrupted last night (07.10.15) when a large group of protesters against domestic violence bound over the security fence and on to the red carpet, where they remained for around 20 minutes before being cleared away by police.
In the spirit of Suffragette – a movie about the struggle of women to get the vote in the early 20th Century – the protesters demanded to be seen and heard, using flares, posters, and chants of ‘Dead women can’t vote’, and ‘two women a week’, referencing the plight of women experiencing domestic violence.
With some irony, and clever strategy on the protesters’ part, those conducting the film premiere were left in somewhat of a bind, unable to clear the protesters away for fear of contradicting the message of Suffragette. The eyes of the world were therefore watching the protesters in action at the busily-attended and extensively reported premiere.
The stars of the movie, including Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, and Helena Bonham Carter, had no choice but to continue on down the red carpet, stepping around the group of protesters lying across the red carpet.
Although the protesters were eventually escorted out by the police, Helen Pankhurst and Laura Pankhurst – who are respectively the great grand-daughter and great great grand-daughter of Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst – expressed their approval of the protest in upholding the spirit of their legendary ancestor. Here they are speaking to TVDaily’s reporter:
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“It’s incredible to see the influence [the movie]’s having already … This is what we wanted”, said Helen Pankhurst, whose great grandmother is depicted by Meryl Streep in the new film.