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Flag burned, red paint thrown as anti-monarchy protests held across Australia

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Protest have taken place across Australia on the National Day of Mourning for the Queen’s death, with thousands calling for an end to the monarchy.

In Melbourne’s CBD, more than 1000 marched from Birrarung Marr to Parliament House holding Aboriginal flags and banners.

“Off with his head, off with the King,” protesters chanted.

Thousands have marched through Melbourne CBD, calling for an end to the Monarchy. (nine)
Thousands have marched through Melbourne CBD, calling for an end to the Monarchy. (nine)

At one point, protesters poured red paint on the Australian flag, their hands, and the outside of the office of the British consulate.

In Brisbane, protesters cheered as they burned an Australian flag outside the British consulate, while other groups of demonstrators shut down parts of the city.

The crowd outside Flinders Street station, part of the thousands who joined protests across Australia. (Getty)
Protestors held signs up outside the British Consulate General office in Melbourne. (Getty)

Similar protests took place in Adelaide and Canberra.

A man was marched out of Government House in Adelaide after holding up a sign and yelling “abolish the monarchy”.

He signed the same phrase in a condolence book inside and has been banned from Government House for 24 hours as a result.

Protesters holding placards chant as they march in Melbourne. (Getty)
Thousands have marched through Melbourne CBD, calling for an end to the Monarchy. (nine)

In the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth II earlier this month, First Nations people have called to abolish the monarchy, saying renewed attention needs to be given to the monarchy’s role in colonizing Australia and the treatment of indigenous people as a result.

Instead of mourning the 96-year-old royal, Australians should be mourning the treatment of First Nations people, they say.

One protestor in Melbourne told 9News, ”Today is about reflecting on the pain and trauma that the monarchy has bought to our country,” in reference to colonisation.

“When is anybody going to mourn the deaths that we lost … everybody … my ancestors … who’s mourning that?”

Uncle Robbie expresses his anger about Indigenous rights by cutting out the Union Jack from the Australian flag at the nationwide Warriors of Aborigjnal Resistance Anti-Monarchist protest on Flinders Street in Melbourne. (Chris Hopkins)
One of the signs on display at the protest at Town Hall in Sydney. (Getty)

First Nations woman Sarabi Gristwood told 9News in Sydney: “We’ve been asking for a day of mourning since they made January 26 so-called Australia Day. But eight hours after the Queen’s death, they can make this day a day of mourning .”

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