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Several people were detained on Saturday amid a scuffle between attendees and police during a vigil for a woman murdered in London. The case has caused widespread outrage in Britain about women’s safety.
The disappearance of Sarah Everard as she walked home on the evening of March 3 has triggered a wave of accounts from women about the dangers they have felt and experienced when walking streets alone at night, accompanied by calls for action.
As night fell on Saturday, around a thousand people – mostly women – gathered at the site in Clapham, south London, to pay their respects and protest at the lack of security they felt when out alone, with some chanting “shame on you” at police as they made arrests.
Campaigners had originally planned a vigil to commemorate Everard to take place on Saturday evening near where she disappeared.
However, organizers canceled the vigil on Saturday morning after police warned them that they could risk arrest for breaching COVID restrictions on outdoor social gatherings.
Police discovered Everard’s body on March 10 in woodland about 80 km southeast of London. The court heard that her body was found in a builder’s refuse bag, and was identified using dental records.
Police officer Wayne Couzens, 48, appeared in court on Saturday after being charged with Everard’s kidnap and murder.
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