Sunday 22 July 2018

Protesters storm BAFTA red carpet moments before Prince William and Kate Middleton arrive

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Bafta. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attending the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 18, 2018. See PA story ROYAL Bafta. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A group of protesters stormed the BAFTA red carpet moments before the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived.

Angelina Jolie passed by the protesters as they staged a sit down and chanted "sisters united will never be defeated" outside the Royal Albert Hall.

They wore t-shirts with the slogan, 'Time's Up Theresa', and were staging their protest on behalf of feminist group Sisters Uncut, which aims to take action for domestic violence services.

The group's twitter account posted messages criticising the UK government's upcoming Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill during the ceremony.

“Theresa May’s upcoming Domestic Violence Bill is a dangerous distraction,” said a message. “Survivors will be locked up by a harmful criminal justice system, locked out of refuges or locked into violent relationships.”

“Survivors are already being arrested when they report abuse, and giving the police more power will increase this. 57% of women in prison have experienced domestic abuse.

“The police and prisons are no solution to domestic violence. Give power back to survivors: fund refuges and specialist domestic violence services.”

Many of the stars in attendance, including Jolie, Saoirse Ronan, Jennifer Lawrence and Octavia Spencer wore black in solidarity with Time’s Up – the movement launched following the sexual harassment scandal which engulfed Hollywood after an avalanche of allegations were made against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Activists fighting harassment and violence against women also walked the red carpet as guests of stars of the big screen.

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