Charles’s nightmare as Australian protesters burn flag and demand monarchy is abolished

Protesters took a different view to their Prime Minister who said it was time to show “deep respect and admiration” rather than pursue “questions about our constitution”.

Her Majesty died on September 8 at the age of 96 in what is understood to have been among her favourite residences.

The celebrate her long service, a memorial event was held in Canberra, described as a “one-off” public holiday in order to pay respects to Elizabeth.

But elsewhere in the country, anti-monarchists came together to demand change to their constitution.


Charles nightmare as Australian protesters BURN flag and demand monarchy is abolished. (Image: Getty)

In Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and the nation’s capital, protesters gathered – thousands in some areas, according to ABC – to demonstrate against the day of mourning.

Footage shared online showed the Union Flag being burnt at a park in Melbourne.

This was the start point for a march titled Abolish the Monarchy.

Others tore up a Union Flag and covered it with fake blood.

Some protesters went one step further, also burning the Australian flag.

Anti-monarchy protest

Anti-monarchy protest. (Image: Getty)

Anti-monarchy protest

Anti-monarchy protest. (Image: Getty)

A video shared by an ABC journalist showed both these in flames in Brisbane while a crowd chanted: “Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.”

In a statement, Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, which helped organise a rally in Melbourne, demanded an end to “racist, colonial imperialism”.

It said: “While they mourn the Queen, we mourn everything her regime stole from us: our children, our land, our loved ones’ lives, our sacred sites, our histories.

“We stand against racist colonial imperialism and its ongoing effects on us as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”

Another group, titled Fighting in Solidarity Towards Treaties, described the day of mourning as “a real insult to First Nations people”.

The Australian Prime Minister has, however, insisted now is not the time to pursue constitutional questions.

Anti-monarchy protest

Anti-monarchy protest. (Image: Getty)

Anthony Albanese said this period is a “time to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II” and to show “deep respect and admiration”.

It is not, he added, time for “questions about our constitution”.

Mr Albanese stressed he will not hold a republic referendum during his first term as PM.


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