Protests against Queen Elizabeth’s Day of Mourning demand the abolition of the monarchyOUS News

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Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra against “racial colonial imperialism” and the National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth.
Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance (WAR) in response to the government’s quick move to declare a one-off public holiday.

In the Canberra House of Parliament, politicians and ambassadors gathered to commemorate Queen Elizabeth, while others took to the pavement to stand against the day.

Brisbane’s organized rally began at 11:00 am when Prime Minister Anthony Albanese encouraged Australians to attend a minute of silence for Queen Elizabeth.

Protest organizer and Gomeroi/Kooma woman Ruby Wharton said the start of the public holiday was similar to Invasion Day on January 26.

For the last 200 years we have been crying out for and demanding a day of mourning.

“[Australians] They should ask themselves why our President does not come from this country. And how did the head of state come to this country, through this murder, through looting, [the] dispossession of lands and First Nations people, and this is an ongoing, ongoing project,” he said.

“I don’t believe the Voice to Parliament until it appeals to the monarchy.”

Ruby Wharton during a Brisbane rally

Ruby Wharton said her community has come together “in times of crisis” and used the “opportunity to heal through action”. Credit: NITV News: Tanisha Stanton

Melbourne rally organizer Tarneen Onus-Williams said it was important to reflect on the Queen’s legacy for Indigenous peoples.

“It’s hard to watch this country mourn the death of a ruler who represents the destruction of our land and our people,” said Onus-Williams.
“I think we need to remember that his legacy of violence is genocide and colonialism, and that’s the legacy he left behind.”
“We don’t mourn. She was not our queen,” said fellow organizer Ronnie Gorrie.
“We’ve had atrocities since colonization, we’ve had atrocities in the past, and it’s still happening to our people all over this country.
“On the day the Queen died, we were performing a burial for a death in custody in Victoria.

“Since the royal commission on Aboriginal deaths in custody, we are in no way responsible for deaths in custody in this country, which is outrageous.”

    Lidia Thorpe speaks into the microphone and red liquid runs from her hands

Greens Senator Victoria Lidia Thorpe speaks during the anti-monarchy protest in Melbourne. Source: AAP / Joel Carrett

Lidia Thorpe also spoke during the rally and smeared her hands with fake blood.

“That’s the topic for today, the crown has blood on its hands. Our people are still dying every day in this country.”
Protesters also cut the jack of an Australian flag and smeared it in fake blood.

In Sydney, Lizzy Jarrett spoke at the city’s town hall and recalled the 1938 Mourning Day protest.

A woman wearing a t-shirt with the words abolish the monarchy speaks into the microphone

Activist Lizzy Jarrett addresses protesters in Sydney. Source: AAP / Bianca De Marchi

“We can go back to 1938, and our people were calling for the implementation of the Day of Mourning on January 26, which we call Invasion Day.”

“And since 1938 our calls have been silenced. So today we give what they gave us for the Day of Mourning and their call for silence, utter disrespect.
“The First Nations voices will be heard, we will be on the front lines. Our existence is the resistance that the government, the colony, everyone fears. We will not go.”
Activist Lynda-June Coe was also there and said it was disrespectful to expect Indigenous people to mourn the Queen’s passing.
“Once again, she asks me to censor how I feel as a First Nations woman, to remain silent about the atrocities our people have faced for over 200 years.

“He asks me to be sweet to whiteness and to respect an individual and an institution that has essentially brought in a regime to destroy us.”

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