Edinburgh Castle ‘seized’ by protesters as police rush to scene

Edinburgh Castle has been “seized” by protesters as multiple police vehicles and officers rushed to the scene and evacuated visitors. 

A group of roughly 30 people gathered there around 5.45pm on Tuesday August 17 in what they have described as a “peaceful” protest.

According to Edinburgh Live, they are understood to be near the entrance to the Museum of The Royal Regiment for Scotland.

Emergency services remain at the castle as a video, seen by Edinburgh Live, has emerged of one of the woman demonstrating.

In it, she says: “we have seized Edinburgh Castle.”

The woman adds: “We’re waiting to restore the rule of law. We’re doing this peacefully and we’re doing this lawfully.

“We are using article 61 of the Magna Carta. We have had enough. The people of Scotland have had enough and today we claim our power back.

“The government has been acting treasonous against we the people.”

A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Officers are currently in attendance at Edinburgh Castle and are engaging with a group of people who have gathered within the Castle grounds.”