The Queen’s mural will be defaced on Australia’s Day of Mourning, with the artwork covered by the colors of the Aboriginal flag as protests erupt across the country
- Protesters in Sydney sprayed an Indigenous flag over a mural of the Queen
- The activists painted the red, black and yellow flag on a portrait in Marrickville
- Radio host and commentator Chris O’Keefe was outraged by the protesters’ actions
- He claimed activists were trying to “censor” the story by painting over the mural
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Indigenous protesters defaced a mural of Queen Elizabeth II on Australia’s National Day of Mourning, prompting widespread outrage.
Massive crowds rallied in Sydney and across Australia on Thursday to protest against the monarchy and to call for reforms for First Nations people following the Queen’s death two weeks ago.
As part of the demonstrations, activists spray-painted the mural inside Sydney Marrickville and sprayed the Aboriginal flag over the Queen’s face.
Nine News reporter Chris O’Keefe branded the spray painters “disrespectful” on his 2GB radio show.
“I say defaced because the Queen’s face is covered in yellow paint, with the red and black parts of the flag at the top and bottom, it’s terribly disrespectful,” O’Keefe told listeners.
He also claimed the activists were trying to censor the story by covering up the mural.
First Nations activists and allies in Sydney spraypainted a mural of Queen Elizabeth II (pictured) in Marrickville, angering radio commentator Chris O’Keefe
Protests took place in Sydney on National Day of Mourning with speakers calling for an end to the monarchy (pictured)
Police were seen with a man on the ground during the Melbourne anti-monarchy protest, which saw activists marching through the CBD
“This story needs to be told and taught, and as a country we make great strides when we recognize and face that story,” O’Keefe said.
“I strongly believe that the censorship of this story cannot continue, but we are talking about Queen Elizabeth.
“On a day when her funeral was only three days ago, such insulting remarks do only one thing, they polarize our country.”
Protests continue across the country, with hundreds gathering in state capitals to hear speeches about the impact of colonization on Indigenous Australians.
First Nations activists and allies also burned an Australian flag in Brisbane and smeared “blood” over an emblem of the British consulate in Melbourne.
During the explosive protests, those present called for treaties, a republic and the “decolonization” of Australia.
In the explosive protests across the country, a group of elders in Brisbane burned Australian flags and activists in Melbourne smeared red paint on the British consulate (pictured).
The protesters held up signs calling for treaties, an Australian republic and the country’s “decolonization” by the British
Meaning behind the Aboriginal flag
Above: Black representing Aboriginal people
Center: Circle in the center representing the sun
Bottom: Red represents either the desert earth, the ocher used to paint artists in traditional ceremonies, or Aboriginal blood