Radical protesters BURN the Australian flag as thousands demonstrate in rallies demanding the end of the monarchy just days after the Queen’s death
Protesters have torched the Australian flag amid calls to “abolish the monarchy” just hours after the national memorial service to mourn the death of the Queen.
At rallies in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Canberra, thousands demonstrated against colonialism and to draw attention to the plight of the First Nation.
Protesters in Melbourne’s Birrarung Marr cut up the flag and chanted “Abolish the monarchy”.
Federal Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe led a crowd on the Queen’s National Day of Mourning.
“The boot of the crown is on our necks and we’re sick of it,” Ms Thorpe told the rally.
The group then smeared red paint resembling blood over the emblem of a British consulate in Melbourne.
Green Party Senator Lidia Thorpe woke a huge crowd of activists in Melbourne with an impassioned speech and a “blood-stained” hand (pictured).
Protest leaders set fire to an Australian flag in an intense demonstration during Brisbane’s abolitionist protests
Activists set fire to newspapers and Australian flags at Brisbane’s “Abolish the Monarchy” protest
Wayne Wharton (pictured centre) held up an Australian flag to be burned at Brisbane’s anti-monarchy protest
A banner at the Brisbane protests read “No Kings, No Cops, No Capitalists” as carried by the economic reformist group Socialist Alternative.
Other protesters wore shirts calling for Australia Day to be abolished.
Indigenous Elder Uncle Wayne Wharton wore one such shirt as he stood next to an Australian flag while other Indigenous protesters lit it in Brisbane CBD.
Activist groups have been planning the protests since the Queen’s death almost a week ago.
Activist carried signs calling for a range of reforms during the first nationwide protest to mark the National Day of Mourning (pictured)
Demonstrators flooded Brisbane’s central streets with banners, flags, signs and T-shirts all calling for an end to the monarchy (pictured).
In Adelaide, a man was removed from Government House after he was heard chanting anti-monarchy slogans.
Police urged the 31-year-old from Mile End to leave the area, but he refused.
He was escorted from the premises and received a trespassing notice not to re-enter the area for 24 hours.
Activist groups Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) and Fighting In Solidarity Towards Treats are among the organizers of the demonstrations.
“This is a stance against the continued crimes being committed against marginalized First Nations, Black, Brown and Asian communities. We do not support benefactors or Stolenwealth (sic) and demand justice, truth and accountability for all. Justice for all,” WAR wrote on Facebook.
“This is a demonstration against racist colonial imperialism.”