Protesters filmed chanting ‘paedophile’ outside Buckingham Palace gates

A group of protesters have been filmed appearing to scream "paedophile" outside Buckingham Palace.

In a video seen more than 3 million times since being shared by @KarluskaP on Twitter, dozens of people are captured holding placards and banners which include messages of "end child trafficking" and "protect the children".

One of the placards appears to have Prince Andrew's name written across it, although it is unclear what else is written on it.

The Duke of York has been criticised in the past for his relationship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

Many take out their phones to record the event.

A police car is seen stationed right outside the gate but no officers appear to stop the group.

According to one participant, the protest was organised by a group called "Freedom For The Children" on Facebook.

She said: "It was a peaceful walk followed by a group meditation starting at the London Eye on to the Palace then to Downing Street. We had full police support."

The woman added that there were similar events held "up and down the country" on the same day, August 22.

The organiser, Freedom For The Children, explained on the event page that the purpose of the walk is to "bring awareness to the current reality of child exploitation within our own communities and around the world".

It detailed: "Let’s show our devotion and determination toward protecting these children, our communities most vulnerable, by requesting change and reformation within our government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that justice is brought in such a manner that it will significantly reduce instances of child exploitation while promoting awareness in order to end this ongoing issue."

Prince Andrew has strenuously denied any involvement with the activities of Epstein during their relationship together.

He stepped down from royal duties last November following a controversial BBC Newsnight interview, in which he said he did not regret his friendship with the paedophile because of the "opportunities I was given to learn".

The Duke of York said he has offered his support to US authorities investigating the case.

Epstein was arrested in July 2019 and charged with sex trafficking and conspiracy to traffic minors for sex. He had previously been convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution in 2008.

The financier died by suicide in August last year while awaiting trial.

His associate, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was arrested last month on multiple charges related to the sexual abuse of young women.

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