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Protesters in Australia torch national flag as they demand Monarchy is abolished


Hundreds of protesters rallied in Australia today and called for the monarchy to be ‘abolished’, with some demonstrators burning the Australian flag and smearing red paint on the British consulate, just hours after a national memorial service was held to mourn Queen Elizabeth II.

‘Abolish the Monarchy’ demonstrators gathered in cities including Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, protesting the persecution of Indigenous people since the British landed in Australia more than two centuries ago.

In Melbourne, protesters cut up the Australian flag, which includes the British Union Jack, while others in Brisbane set their flags on fire on top of a pile of flaming newspapers.

In an address to protesters in Melbourne, Lidia Thorpe, a Federal Greens senator in the Australian parliament of Aboriginal heritage, accused the British monarchy of having ‘blood on their hands’. 

Australia is one of the few former British colonies that never struck a treaty with the Indigenous population.

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