Revealed: How privately-educated Extinction Rebellion fanatic with a string of criminal convictions is plotting anti-monarchy protests to sabotage King Charles’s Coronation
- Eleanor Bujak, 30, is the protest organiser for anti-monarchy group Republic
- The group waved placards in front of the King last week reading ‘Not My King’
A far-left Extinction Rebellion activist who has a string of criminal convictions is masterminding anti-monarchy protests to disrupt the King’s Coronation, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
Climate change agitator Eleanor Bujak, 30, has started a new role as the protest organiser at anti-Royal pressure group Republic, which interrupted King Charles’s visit to Milton Keynes last week with placards reading ‘Not My King’.
The group claims it will have ‘hundreds of thousands of people’ out protesting against the Coronation on May 6.
Bujak, known as Gully, is a privately educated model and actress who previously led an attack on the press by Extinction Rebellion activists who blockaded a major printworks in the summer of 2021.
The former junior head girl at Stover School in Devon, where her father used to be headmaster, is an ‘action planner’ and spokeswoman for Extinction Rebellion and has been arrested multiple times.
Climate change agitator Eleanor Bujak, 30, has started a new role as the protest organiser at anti-Royal pressure group Republic
Bujak, known as Gully, is a privately educated model and actress who previously led an attack on the press by Extinction Rebellion activists
Anti-Royal pressure group Republic interrupted King Charles’s visit to Milton Keynes last week with placards reading ‘Not My King’
She was one of six climate change protesters found guilty of obstructing a highway in an action that stopped the distribution of millions of newspapers, including the Daily Mail. She also has prior convictions for obstructing the highway at other demonstrations, and appeared at road-blocking protests by Insulate Britain.
Last year, she stormed the chamber of the Commons with other climate activists who glued themselves to the Speaker’s Chair. Last month, she put up a Polling Station sign on the gates of Buckingham Palace in a Republic protest aimed at calling for a referendum on the future of the monarchy.
In a Facebook post, she wrote: ‘Did a thing this morning. Why? Because I know that we can abolish the 1,000-year-old British monarchy this decade and I want to be a part of the movement that does it. Why? BECAUSE IT’S TIME. Because we need a democracy that works… and I don’t think we can fight the climate crisis until we realise that.’
Republic, which wants to abolish the monarchy, plans to disrupt the Coronation. It urged its 40,000 followers on Facebook to ‘join hundreds of thousands of people protesting the Coronation’.
The group said: ‘These are unprecedented times. We urgently need an upgrade to our politics – and 2023 can be the year things change… Royalty – inherited power and wealth, built by colonialism – is not fit for the 21st Century, and will not help us battle climate breakdown, wealth inequality or the soaring cost of living.’
The group has raised more than £18,000 online to fight its campaign against the Coronation. It has taken out billboard adverts across the UK featuring a picture of Charles next to the hashtag #NotMyKing.
Its crowdfunding page says: ‘Republic is working to draw people together to protest at the Coronation on May 6. We’ll be looking for volunteers, lots of protesters and more support from around the country. Right now we need to raise tens of thousands of pounds so we can meet the challenge of the Coronation head on.’
Last year, Bujak stormed the chamber of the Commons with other climate activists who glued themselves to the Speaker’s Chair
Republic claims it will have ‘hundreds of thousands of people’ out protesting against King Charles’s Coronation on May 6
Bujak was one of the protesters who blocked the road outside the Newsprinters printing works in Broxbourne, September 5, 2020
Bujak was one of six climate change protesters found guilty of obstructing a highway in an action that stopped the distribution of millions of newspapers. Pictured from left to right: Liam Norton , James Ozen, Morgan Trowland, Eleanor Bujak, Tim Spears and Sally Davidson
Scotland Yard chief Sir Mark Rowley has vowed to clamp down on protesters who try to disrupt the Coronation.
‘Just as we did with Her Majesty’s funeral… we will do everything we can to make the Coronation the special moment it ought to be,’ he told members of the London Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee.
A Republic spokesman said: ‘We employed Gully late last year to help us organise our Coronation protest. We have no intention of taking inspiration from Extinction Rebellion or similar disruptive protests, and Gully wasn’t employed for that reason.
‘At the Coronation we will be staging a large, peaceful protest. Support for the monarchy has fallen below 50 per cent among those under 45 and those voices need to be heard.’
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