Thousands of Australians demanded this Thursday the end of the monarchy in a day of protests held in various cities of the country, coinciding with the commemoration of the National Day of Mourning decreed for the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
“The Crown has blood on its hands. Our people continue to die in this country every day… The boot of the Crown is on our neck and we are sick of it,” said Green Party Senator Lidia Thorpe, who dressed in black and with red paint on her hand, she gave a street speech in the city of Melbourne.
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In that city, hundreds of protesters led by the senator walked the streets with banners reading messages such as “Abolition of the monarchy or “Black lives matter”, in reference to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The “Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance” front, one of the organizers of the protest, demanded an end to “colonial racist imperialism and its continuing effects” on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, who represent the 3,3 percent of the 25 million inhabitants of the country.
“While they mourn the queen, we mourn everything that her regime stole from us: our children, our land, the lives of our loved ones, our sacred places, our stories,” reads the call to the street march.
Protests were also held in other Australian cities, such as Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide, where chants such as “It always was and always will be Aboriginal land” prevailed.
Also, some protesters burned the Australian flag, according to images broadcast on television.
Today’s protests coincide with the National Commemoration Service held at the Canberra Parliament on the Day of National Mourning, officially decreed to pay tribute to Elizabeth II, head of state of the oceanic country during her 70-year reign.
“In considering the unifying role that Her Majesty played, I recognize that her passing has provoked different reactions from some members of our community,” Australia’s Governor General David Hurley admitted at the official ceremony.
“I am aware that many First Nations Australians, marked by colonial history, have embarked on a journey of reconciliation. It is a journey that we, as a nation, must complete,” added the representative of the British crown in Australia.
The Australian aborigines, who are not recognized by the Australian Constitution dating from 1901, have been victims of constant mistreatment since colonization, in addition to being dispossessed of their lands and systematically discriminated against, for which many of them live in a situation of poverty and inequality. .
The government of Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has promised to hold a referendum during this term to make a constitutional change that would recognize the rights of indigenous Australians and allow them to have a voice in the country’s Parliament.